Dems press Trump consumer bureau pick over Puerto Rico response

Dems press Trump consumer bureau pick over Puerto Rico response


By:  Maya Lora
The Hill

A group of Senate Democrats is pressing President Trump's pick to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for "a full accounting" of her role in the administration's response to Hurricane Maria, which ravaged Puerto Rico last year.

Four Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee sent a letter Tuesday requesting the details from Kathy Kraninger, the current associate director for general government at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), whom Trump nominated last month to lead the consumer bureau.

The letter outlined Kraninger’s role at the OMB overseeing policy implementation and providing management guidance to several Cabinet agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Treasury Department.

The senators noted that "in the aftermath of major disasters, OMB plays an integral role in the analysis of needs, and formulation of disaster supplemental appropriations requests to Congress and any related policies."

The senators have requested full details concerning Kraninger’s role in carrying out the administration’s agenda in Puerto Rico last year, including a list of all meetings she was involved with concerning “disaster supplemental appropriation requests to Congress,” including the topics discussed and the other attendees.

The Democrats also requested emails and documents from Kraninger concerning communication with DHS, Treasury and HUD officials related to supplemental appropriation requests, as well as documentation of her communication with Puerto Rican government officials, employees and consultants surrounding the Hurricane Maria response.

Kraninger has until July 16 to provide the requested documents.

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