Senate Approves Trump’s CFPB Director Nominee Kathy Kraninger In Tight Vote

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

The Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) 50-49 Thursday.

Kathy Kraninger, 43, will head the agency after years of working for the federal government, including the departments of Homeland Security and Transportation, reported NPR.

Kraninger has worked for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) since March 2017, and she’s taking over from acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney. He’s also director of the OMB and refused to take a salary for his work at the CFPB.

The Senate confirmed Kraninger along party lines after a fraught Senate Banking Committee hearing in July, reported NPR. (RELATED: Congress Could Help Millions Of Patients With A Simple Tax Deduction, Senior Group Says)

“I have the utmost confidence that she is well prepared to lead the bureau in enforcing federal consumer financial laws and protecting consumers in the financial marketplace,” Committee Chair Mike Crapo, an Idaho Republican, said at the July hearing.

But Democrats accused her of being complicit in the policy of family separation at the border because of her time at DHS, which she joined when it was just a fledgling department created in the wake of 9/11.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee February 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee February 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“These are innocent children who may be scarred forever by this policy,” Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who proposed creating the CFPB in 2007. “It is fundamentally immoral and you, you were part of it Ms. Kraninger. It is a moral stain that will follow you for the rest of your life. And if the Senate votes to give a big promotion to you after this, it is a stain on the senators who do so.”

Organizations including the AFL-CIO, NAACP and Public Citizen opposed her nomination, reported NPR.

Democrats are eager to investigate the actions Mulvaney took while heading the CFPB, reported HousingWire.

Mulvaney has implied that the CFPB has been given a tyrannical amount of powers. He tried to get rid of the agency while in Congress, according to Politico.

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