President Obama is keeping pressure on Republican Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, who both have bipartisan reputations but are reluctant to confirm Richard Cordray to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Before last week’s vote, which failed to confirm the nominee, Obama targeted both Snowe and Collins.
"If the Republicans in the Senate think that there are additional changes that need to be made to the consumer finance protection board, they're free to introduce legislation and try to get that passed,” Obama said, WCSH6.com reports. “But consumers in Maine and around the country shouldn't have to wait for months on end while Congress and special interests are wrangling, in order to get basic protections so that they know when they're dealing with a financial product that it's not somehow taking advantage of them.”
The plea wasn’t enough to convince either Senator to vote in favor or Cordray and drew criticism from Collins.
“The president certainly has every right to make his case,” Collins said, according to WCSH6.com. “I would be more impressed if the president or his chief of staff or one of his top aides actually picked up the phone and called me and asked me to work with them. That is what used to happen in the first year of the presidency of Barack Obama, but he has abandoned that approach."
Collins joined her Republican colleagues in voting against Cordray. Snowe voted “present” and said that her husband’s job, which involves student loans that may be regulated under the CFPB, was a potential conflict of interest.
Snowe’s primary opponent in her reelection, L. Scott D’Amboise, has openly slammed Snowe for her moderate behavior in Congress and for “supporting liberal nominees and legislation,” HumanEvents.com reports.