Trump taps Kathy Kraninger to head Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Kathy Kraninger to lead the CFPB.

June 16, 2018, 7:39 PM
PHOTO: President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G-7 summit, June 8, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada.
President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G-7 summit, June 8, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada.
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President Donald Trump plans to nominate Kathy Kraninger to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the White House announced Saturday.

Kraninger currently works under Mick Mulvaney at the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney has been working as acting director of CFPB after Richard Cordray, an appointee of President Barack Obama, stepped down to run for Ohio governor. Cordray won the Democratic primary last month.

PHOTO: Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff during a news conference at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, Oct. 22, 2008, with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Kathy Kraninger, left.
Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff gestures during a news conference at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, Oct. 22, 2008. At left is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Kathy Kraninger, and second right is Transportation Safety Administrator Kip Hawley.
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The bureau, which has been the subject of partisan bickering since its creation under the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, has undergone major changes at the direction of Mulvaney.

The White House says Kraninger would plan to continue reforms enacted by Mulvaney at CFPB.

PHOTO: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 18, 2018.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 18, 2018.
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Calling Kraninger a "staunch supporter of free enterprise," White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement that the White House hopes for a swift confirmation.

"She [Kraninger] will bring a fresh perspective and much-needed management experience to the BCFP, which has been plagued by excessive spending, dysfunctional operations, and politicized agendas," the statement says.

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