Senator Warren Joins Whitehouse’s Podcast to Discuss Latest Attempt to Target Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, today released episode eight of his podcast, Making the Case. In the new episode, Whitehouse is joined by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and cohost Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) to discuss the history of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the threat to the agency posed by a pending case before the Supreme Court, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Community Financial Services Association of America.
“No one in Congress fights harder against undue corporate power than Senator Warren,” said Whitehouse. “Senator Warren proposed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau almost two decades ago. The agency has provoked the right-wing corporate powers because it is doing such a good job protecting Americans from predatory behavior. Tune in as Senator Warren breaks down the current attack on the agency and what it means when front groups try to use a captured Court to attack people’s ability through their government to protect themselves.”
Whitehouse has long been the Senate’s leading voice for improving transparency and accountability at the Supreme Court, delivering a series of speeches on the Senate floor about the special interest scheme to remake the judicial branch.
Whitehouse is working to pass the Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act, which was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in July. The bill would require Supreme Court justices to adopt a code of conduct, create a mechanism to investigate and address alleged violations of the code of conduct and other laws, improve disclosure and transparency when a justice has a connection to a party or amicus before the Court, and require justices to explain their recusal decisions to the public. The Senator has also led legislation to create term limits at the Court.
Whitehouse has also led investigative efforts to get to the bottom of an endeavor by right-wing billionaires to influence the Supreme Court by providing secret, lavish gifts to justices. Last month, Whitehouse and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Committee will vote to authorize issuing subpoenas to Harlan Crow and Leonard Leo related to the investigation.
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