On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills

On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills
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THE BIG DEAL--Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel: The midterms are poised to have a significant impact on how the House oversees the financial sector, regardless of which side wins in November. 

A Democratic takeover of the House would propel Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Manufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Democrats' impeachment message leads to plenty of head-scratching MORE (D-Calif.), the House Financial Services Committee's ranking member and a fierce critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE, into a powerful perch with subpoena power.

Her ascension could pose new political challenges for the nation's biggest banks and force the White House to contend with congressional probes into the president's personal finances during the 2020 election season.

Republicans, meanwhile, are attempting to defend their House majority, and GOP lawmakers on the Financial Services Committee are jockeying for position to succeed Hensarling, who's retiring from Congress at the end of this term.

I give you the latest on the race for the panel's gavel here.


The breakdown:



US Chamber chief says US not in trade war: U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said Wednesday that he does not believe the U.S. is in a trade war, despite the 10 percent tariff that President Trump announced this week on $200 billion in Chinese imports.

China fired back on Tuesday with tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods, while Trump has threatened to tax all Chinese imports to the U.S.

Donohue said a prolonged trade war would be catastrophic to the global economy, but said he didn't think it had actually started yet.

"The single greatest threat facing the economy is a real trade war. I don't think we're there quite yet," Donohue said during a Wednesday breakfast conference with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, adding that he believes Trump would not allow mounting tariffs to decimate the U.S.

"I don't believe that the White House thinks that it's a positive thing to do," he said. 

I'll tell you why here.


Mulvaney plans to move some CFPB staff to new Atlanta office: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) plans to relocate a group of employees from Washington, D.C., to a new satellite office in Atlanta in an effort to reduce costs.

Acting CFPB Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition Trump administration asks Supreme Court to take up challenge to consumer bureau NOAA chief praises agency scientists after statement backing up Trump tweet MORE is seeking to open the regional office to host a small number of analysts and managers who work with agency examiners assigned to financial institutions in the southeast United States, according to a senior agency official familiar with the plans.

The staffers would be moved from a CFPB office in downtown Washington, near the bureau's headquarters, to a building in Atlanta owned by the General Services Administration. I'll tell you more about the plan and why it's been put in motion here.


Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills: Weeks before the midterm elections, conservatives in the House are gaining little traction on fiscal issues as Congress passed one spending bill after another in bipartisan votes.

It's a significant shift from the last few years, when the House Freedom Caucus often threw a wrench into appropriations plans with demands to cut mandatory spending and advance other conservative priorities.

“It’s a little bit frustrating right now,” said Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerTo boost minority serving institutions, bipartisan Future Act needs immediate action Pressure rises on Cheney to make decision NCAA urges California governor not to sign 'fair pay' bill for college athletes MORE, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest GOP caucus in the House.

Walker issued a warning last week that some RSC members may vote against a package of spending bills the House is due to consider when it returns to session.

But Walker admits that he and other RSC members opposed to the package would seem to have little hope in blocking it.

The Hill's Niv Elis has more here on why conservatives are in a jam.





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  • major bug in Bitcoin software could have crashed the virtual currency, according to Vice.