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Volume 25 - Number 11

May 26, 2014

Lawmakers Wrestle With Alleged Discrimination at Bureau

In a noteworthy reversal of partisan roles, Democrats on the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations last week found themselves uncomfortably backing away from an opportunity to take up the cause of female, minority and older employees at the CFPB, out of fear they might undermine what is arguably their favorite regulatory agency. Ranking Member Al Green, D-TX, succinctly summed up the anxiety felt by his side of the aisle when he said, “I am concerned that some people might use the information in this hearing that would weaken, emasculate or eviscerate the CFPB.” Meanwhile, the bureau-bashing Republicans, who have studiously tried to re-brand themselves as friends of “the little guy” ever since the CFPB opened for business...

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