Warren was responding to the Senate GOP's promise to block the nomination of Richard Cordray. He currently serves as director of the CFPB under a recess appointment from President Obama (an appointment that might be void under a recent federal appeals court ruling). She herself was the agency's initial interim director until Republican filibusters forced her out and caused her to run for Senate instead. Now, 43 GOP senators have written a letter pledging to block the confirmation of a director to the CFPB unless Democrats agree to scale back the agency's authority.
That leaves Democrats with a dilemma: if they don't overcome the filibuster, they'll have to decide whether to change the rules, or accept a weakened, director-less CFPB.
"What I want to know is why, since the 1800s, have there been agencies all over Washington with a single director, including the OCC, but unlike the consumer agency, no one in the U.S. Senate has held up confirmation of their directors demanding that the agency be redesigned," Warren said. "What I want to know is why every banking regulator since the Civil War has been funded outside the appropriations process but unlike the consumer agency no one in the United States Senate has held up confirmation of their directors demanding that that agency or those agencies be redesigned."