A big obstacle is the closing of bank branches in small towns and low-income neighborhoods. "When the bank told us they were leaving in five weeks, it set off a small panic," said Kenneth Broome, the mayor of Utica, Miss.
If circumventing gridlock in order to promote the financial "health, safety and welfare" of the American people by way of a recess appointment during a highly questionable non-recess recess gets us to the finish line, sign me up.
Today, I was appointed by President Obama to serve as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. I am honored by this opportunity to continue my work on behalf of consumers. And I am energized by the responsibilities and challenges facing the Bureau.