"Some hearings can be described as a 'fishing expedition' — I hope today's hearing doesn't become a 'bashing expedition' by the members of the majority," said Maloney.
Cordray's predecessor at the agency, Elizabeth Warren, had a public spat with Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) at a May hearing on the bureau, as they publicly disagreed over how long she had agreed to testify. McHenry will chair Tuesday's hearing with Cordray — his first since being tapped by the president.
In addition, 50 House Democrats sent a letter to Obama Tuesday thanking him for recess-appointing Cordray, calling it necessary "in light of Senate Republican attempts to hold his appointment hostage."
Senate Republicans announced they would block any nominee to head the agency until several changes were made to its structure — including replacing the director position with a multi-member board. In addition, Republicans kept the Senate in brief pro forma sessions during longer breaks in an effort to block recess appointments.
Obama opted to ignore those sessions to make several recess appointments earlier in January, leading Republicans to loudly cry foul and warn of court challenges to the unprecedented maneuver. The Justice Department said the White House's move was justified, since the pro forma sessions are not legitimate times of congressional work.