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Romney calls Cordray’s appointment “Chicago-style” politics

Mitt RomneyMitt Romney joined other Republicans on Wednesday in criticizing President Obama's decision to use a recess appointment to allow Richard Cordray to become the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
 
On Wednesday, Obama announced that he would circumvent the Senate by recess-appointing Cordray to the position. The decision came in response to Republican refusal to hold confirmation hearings for Cordray until the White House modified the bureau to have more oversight and be run by a small panel instead of one director, the Hill reports.
 
"Instead of working with Congress to fix the flaws in this new bureaucracy, the president is declaring that he 'refuses to take no for an answer’ and circumventing Congress to appoint a new administrator," Romney said, according to the Hill. "This action represents Chicago-style politics at its worst and is precisely what then-Sen. Obama claimed would be ‘the wrong thing to do.’ Sadly, instead of focusing on economic growth, he is once again focusing on creating more regulation, more government and more Washington gridlock."
 
A number of Republicans responded with criticism to Obama's decision, challenging whether he actually had the authority to make a recess appointment. They said that because the Senate is in a pro forma session, it is not a true recess and Obama cannot make a recess appointment. The White House cited legal interpretations by George W. Bush's administration in the defense of pro forma session recess appointments.

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