The AFL-CIO is calling for a recess appointment of Elizabeth Warren as the head of the fledgling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
In an email sent to the labor federation’s activists Thursday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka asks them to urge President Obama to appoint Warren to the head of the agency.
At the moment, Warren is a special adviser to the bureau, which was created by the Dodd-Frank financial services reform bill that passed last year. Warren, seen as a liberal champion who has been tough on Wall Street, has come under heavy criticism from Republican lawmakers.
Last month, 44 GOP senators said they would filibuster any nominee to head up the agency unless changes were made to the bureau. That has been countered by a letter from 89 House Democrats, sent to Obama last week, calling for a recess appointment of Warren as head of the bureau.