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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 WatersOn The Money: Markets roiled by trade tensions | Rally on hopes of Fed pause on rate hikes | Senate sends two-week spending measure to Trump | Consumer bureau pick confirmed | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 Black Caucus chairman pushes back against committee term limits On The Money: US, Mexico, Canada sign trade deal | Ocasio-Cortez seeks spot on House banking panel | New GOP tax bill hits roadblock MORE (D-Calif.), the House Financial Services Committee's ranking member and a fierce critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoaquín Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony 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:

 

LEADING THE DAY

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 MulvaneyThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — The political currents that will drive the shutdown showdown On The Money: Markets roiled by trade tensions | Rally on hopes of Fed pause on rate hikes | Senate sends two-week spending measure to Trump | Consumer bureau pick confirmed | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 Senate confirms Kraninger to lead consumer bureau in partisan vote 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 WalkerCharities fear hit from Trump tax law during holidays Dems seek to overhaul voting rules in Florida legal fight  Election Countdown: Abrams ends fight in Georgia governor's race | Latest on Florida recount | Booker, Harris head to campaign in Mississippi Senate runoff | Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority 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.

 

GOOD TO KNOW

 

ODDS AND ENDS

  • Alibaba founder Jack Ma on Wednesday backtracked on his plan to create 1 million jobs in the United States, two days after President Trump slapped tariffs on about $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.
  • major bug in Bitcoin software could have crashed the virtual currency, according to Vice.