New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Consumer watchdog agency nominee confirmed


The Senate has narrowly approved President Joe Biden’s pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, giving the bureau a director who is likely to embrace an aggressive “watchdog” role. Rohit Chopra’s nomination was approved 50-48, with Vice President Kamala Harris earlier having to cast a tie-breaking vote to end debate. Republican­s were united in opposition against Chopra. Before his approval, he held one of the Democrat seats on the Federal Trade Commission. He often used his position to publicly advocate for higher penalties and enforcemen­t against companies found to have committed wrongdoing.

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