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Republicans Press House GOP Leaders To Pick Public Fight Over Obama Recess Appointments


This creates an election-year dilemma for GOP leaders who may not want to make a big show of their opposition to the one person in Washington tasked with protecting consumers from predatory financial actors.

A House GOP Leadership aide says top Republicans are reviewing all options, including this resolution. But Democrats will be all too happy if they pick the fight.

"It shows once again whose side they're on," said Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "They're willing to go after the middle class and consumers while protecting bad actors who prey on millions of Americans, and at the same time they're unwilling for the last two weeks to meet to provide the middle class with a payroll tax cut."

Another Dem leadership aide explained, "They're in a very difficult spot. Politically the smart thing for them to do is drop this issue and move on. There's no win for them here."

Maybe so. But rank and file Republicans are still taken with the idea of fighting Obama aggressively, at every turn. The fact that the resolution encompasses the NLRB -- conservatives' real bête noire -- as well as the CFPB only enhances that allure.

Black's office says she's operating independently of leadership, without a guarantee that it will get a floor vote -- but 80 House Republicans already have her back.

Late update: Another GOP Leadership aide chimes in, "The idea that this is a problem for the House Republican Leadership is pretty dumb."

We're all outraged by the President's actions - which seems blatantly unconstitutional - and there are plenty of ways to communicate that without taking our focus off jobs. Frankly, if you look at the statements the House Republican Leaders made at the time, you'll see that they are squarely focused on how this new bureaucracy makes it harder to create more American jobs.

Additional reporting by Sahil Kapur.

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