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Cordray summoned to Hill: Welcome to the administration!

President Obama appointed Richard Cordray over the Senate’s head, and now lawmakers want to chat. (Tony Dejak/AP)

And this shindig is BYOL, as in “bring your own lawyers.”

Just hours after Obama named Cordray to the post, ignoring claims by Senate Republicans that he couldn’t make a recess appointment since the chamber was technically in session, Cordray got what might be his first missive as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

It was a rough introduction to the new post.

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), who heads a subcommittee of the Oversight Committee, issued a none-too-friendly summons. And there wasn’t even an RSVP card included.

Noting his “unprecedented” appointment — as well as the fact that some critics are calling it a “contravention of constitutional requirements” — McHenry told Cordray that he’s quite looking forward to their little visit.

“The Subcommittee is deeply interested in how you will enforce and implement the unparalleled powers of your new office.”

Cordray will have the chance, during the Jan. 24 hearing, to tell the panel exactly what he’s been up to in the first 20 days of his tenure.

A McHenry spokesman says he doesn’t expect fireworks at the proceedings, but maybe some tough questions from the dais, natch. The chairman “sees this as an opportunity,” the spokesman says.

Welcome to the club, Mr. Cordray.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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