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Dems call for hearings on Trump’s CFPB nominee to be put on hold

Dems call for hearings on Trump’s CFPB nominee to be put on hold
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Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee are calling on the panel's chairman, Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoTrump faces test of power with early endorsements The Hill's Morning Report - Biden shifts on filibuster Senators urge Energy chief to prioritize cybersecurity amid growing threats MORE (R-Idaho), to delay Thursday’s hearing for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE’s nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) if the administration does not respond to requests for information in time.

In a letter sent Tuesday night, which The Hill obtained, the panel's Democrats said the administration has not responded to requests for relevant documents and other information in advance of Thursday’s hearing. Senators are scheduled to consider the nominations of Kathleen Kraninger to lead the CFPB and Kimberly Reed to be the president of the Export-Import Bank.

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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownA bold fix for US international taxation of corporations Democrats offer competing tax ideas on Biden infrastructure Former Ohio health director won't run for Senate MORE (D-Ohio) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (D-Mass.) sent Kraninger a letter in June asking for information on what role she played in the Trump Administration's policy of separating children from their families at the southern border.

And Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezThe Memo: Biden's five biggest foreign policy challenges Democrats gear up for major push to lower drug prices Biden under pressure to spell out Cuba policy MORE (D-N.J.) sent Kraninger a letter last week, which Brown, Warren and Sen. Catherine Cortez (D-Nev.) joined, asking for a full accounting of Kraninger’s role in the administration’s botched response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Kraninger now serves as the program associate director for general government programs in the Office of Management and Budget, where the Brown and Warren say she manages seven executive branch agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.

“This oversight role involves not only preparing the President's annual budget request for those agencies, but also providing ‘ongoing policy and management guidance,’ overseeing ;implementation of policy options,’ and working with agencies throughout the year as they shift money to implement new legislation or Administration policy,” they wrote in June.

“DOJ and DHS are the two agencies that developed and implemented the ‘Zero-Tolerance Policy.’"

In their letter to Crapo on Tuesday, the committee Democrats said if they do not receive responsive information in time to review it before Thursday’s hearing, they will not be able to conduct the kind of oversight and questioning that allows the Senate to preform its constitutional role of providing advice and consent.

“If the administration is unwilling or unable to provide responsive information in a timely manner, we respectfully ask that you postpone Thursday’s hearing on any nominee with outstanding information requests until such time as the information is available,” they asked Crapo.

A spokesperson for Crapo told The Hill the hearing is still scheduled for Thursday.

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