Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hinted Wednesday that he may move forward with a plan to change Senate filibuster rules if Republicans block Richard Cordray’s nomination to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
In a meeting with progressive bloggers, Reid, D-Nev., indicated that Cordray’s nomination would serve as a test vote on whether Republicans intend to continue their persistent blockades of President Barack Obama’s nominees, according to TPM.
Reid plans to call a vote on Cordray next week, CQ Roll Call has confirmed. He will probably offer a motion to proceed to the nomination, and if Republicans threaten a filibuster, Reid would need 60 votes to shut off debate. Cordray is currently serving as acting head of the agency on a recess appointment by Obama.
“I’m not going to do anything now, precipitously,” TPM quotes Reid as saying. “But I’m looking at this very closely…. We’re going to fill that job. Cordray is there now. He’s going to get a vote.”
Reid suggested he’s not the concerned with a partisan backlash against a rules change. “Whether it’s Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton that’s the next president, I don’t think they should have to go through what we’ve gone through here. People better watch,” he said.
Republicans have vowed to block any CFPB nominee until Congress passes changes to how the agency operates.