Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) on Thursday afternoon said he would boycott a planned hearing next week in which Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray will testify, as a way of protesting Cordray’s recess appointment to that post when the Senate was not in recess.
Wicker said he hoped his absence would help start a debate in the Senate about Obama’s recess appointments, which Republicans have criticized as a violation of the Constitution.
“This presumptuous action by the president goes far beyond the limited powers he is granted by our Constitution”.
It is sad to see Sen. Wicker engage in such childish and petty political behavior. Every year, thousands of Mississippians fall victim to predatory lenders and unfair financial practices that cause them much pain and financial hardship. Roger Wicker and senate Republicans consistantly bottled up Richard Cordray’s appointment to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in an effort to prohibit the agency from protecting hardworking Mississippians.
Senator Wicker, facing Tea Party challengers, is clearly pacifying the fringe of his party in order to minimize the impact of his looming primary and in doing so denying Mississippians a voice at the table.
I think it is both wreckless and irresponsible for the junior senator to “whimper in protest” while Mississippians are being taken advantage of by greedy corporate practicioners that he and his fellow Republican cronies consistantly support.