Elizabeth Warren Just Perfectly Trolled the Expectation That Female Candidates Describe Themselves as 'Wives and Mothers'
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is famous for being prioritizing policy. The former law professor and current 2020 presidential candidate has some of the most extensively detailed policies of any of President Donald Trump's potential 2020 opponents.
Nevertheless, Warren still faces many of the expectations and heightened scrutiny thrust upon women in a male-dominated field. Among these is the expectation to emphasize a female candidate's motherhood, prioritizing domesticity over domestic policy.
Leaked Memo Reveals Trump's Plans for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and It's Pretty Much What You'd Expect
While serving in Congress, Mick Mulvaney called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) a "sick sad joke" and drafted legislation to eliminate it. The financial crises during the Obama administration, brought about by Republican-led deregulation of Wall Street and banks during the Bush administration, prompted the creation of the consumer protection watchdog agency.
When President Donald Trump appointed Mulvaney to lead the CFPB, people were shocked. However appointing people who previously vowed to destroy an agency to head that agency has been a hallmark of the Trump administration.
Leandra English, the deputy director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who was named acting director by outgoing director Richard Cordray last week, filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his pick to lead the watchdog agency. Last Friday, Trump named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as interim director. The lawsuit was filed on Sunday after she was threatened by the White House to not show up for work as acting director this morning.
As head of the Office of Management and Budget, Mulvaney defended cuts to the elderly and the arts as "compassionate," and in May flat out denied a $2 trillion mathematical error in Trump's budget proposal. While a U.S. Representative in Congress, Mulvaney voted in favor of killing the CFPB, arguing it has too much power and issues unduly harsh regulations. He has worked alongside Trump to roll back some of the agency's rules.
Senate Republicans, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-to-50 tie, voted Tuesday to strike down a new consumer protection rule. Five years in the making, it allowed millions of Americans to file class-action lawsuits against financial institutions.
The defeat of the rule further loosens regulation of Wall Street. It is yet another step by the Trump administration and Republicans to roll back Obama-era policies. Policies enacted in response to the 2008 economic crisis caused by prior Republican led deregulation of Wall Street.
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought federal suit this month against Navient, the United States’ largest student loan servicer. The CFPB accused the company of “systematically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment.” The lawsuit seeks restitution for those affected, as well as money penalties.