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Less Than Zero: Brown Accuses Mulvaney of Taking 'Negative Four' Actions to Defend Consumers From Predatory Banks

"Why are you using your powers to do favors for shady lenders and Wall Street bankers?"

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee May 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

During a Senate hearing Thursday on acting CFPB director Mick Mulvaney's recently unveiled plan to gut the agency he was controversially appointed to run, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) took Mulvaney to task for both failing to initiate new cases against predatory banks and killing lawsuits against payday lenders—bringing the grand total of CFPB enforcement actions under his tenure to not just down to zero, but to "negative four."

"The number of enforcement actions under his watch: zero," Brown said, citing a recent analysis by the Associated Press. "Well, actually, that's not correct. The number of enforcement actions under his watch is negative four. Not only has the CFPB not initiated a single enforcement action, it's withdrawn lawsuits against four payday lenders that charged consumers triple-digit interest rates."

"Why are you using your powers to do favors for shady lenders and Wall Street bankers?" Brown asked Mulvaney.

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