“One of our nation’s founding principles is that the government should be accountable to the people,” Shelby said at a Banking Committee hearing in September. “Yet, the majority structured the bureau to grant its director unprecedented authority over the lives of the American people without any effective checks.”
Despite Republicans’ concerns, the Banking Committee approved Cordray’s nomination in October with all Republicans on the panel voting against him, including Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, one of the states included in the White House media blitz.
Obama is scheduled to speak Tuesday in Osawatomie, Kan., where he will discuss themes connected with the push to confirm Cordray, according to Earnest.
“The argument in favor of confirming Mr. Cordray ... dovetails nicely with the speech President Obama will deliver on Tuesday ... [on] his vision for America where everyone engages in fair play, everyone does their fair share and everyone gets a fair shot,” he said.
Obama and other White House officials this week will also continue to urge Congress to extend and expand the payroll tax cut that expires at the end of the year. Two versions, one to extend and another to expand the tax break, failed in the Senate last week.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.