Report: White House Begins Push To Confirm Cordray

The Obama administration is reportedly ramping up its efforts to get former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray confirmed as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

According to a report published Sunday night by The Hill, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest has confirmed the administration will strategically lobby senators in seven states – Alaska, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, Tennessee and Utah – in an attempt to secure the 60 votes necessary to confirm Cordray.

"Certainly, this would be among the more aggressive efforts that the president has undertaken to get a nominee confirmed," Earnest said, according to The Hill.

So far, 45 Republican senators have signed a letter vowing to block any CFPB nominee unless structural changes are made to the bureau's leadership. The Republicans object to the single-director structure and favor a committee approach.

Two Republican senators have not signed on to the pact: Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Brown, who may face CFPB architect Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 senate vote, has already publicly endorsed Cordray as CFPB head.


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