Wicker to boycott Cordray hearing to protest Obama ‘recess’ appointments

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) on Thursday afternoon said he would boycott a planned hearing next week in which Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray will testify, as a way of protesting Cordray’s recess appointment to that post when the Senate was not in recess.

“Let me be explicitly clear,” Wicker said on the Senate floor. “Richard Cordray is not the duly constituted director of the CFPB. His purported recess appointment does not comply with the Constitution, and is in fact a nullity.

“I will not provide the administration with the appearance of legitimacy in this action, and I will therefore not be in attendance at next Tuesday’s hearing.”

The Hill
1/26/12