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Mulvaney Schools Maxine Waters on Separation of Powers, She Cuts Him Off with ‘Reclaiming My Time’


WATERS: “All right. Yes or no; were you an original co-sponsor of H.R. 3118, a bill introduced in the last Congress by Rep. Ratcliffe to fully and completely repeal the Consumer Bureau?”

MULVANEY: “It wouldn’t surprise me if I was, but I don’t remember the bill by that number.”

WATERS: “So what do you think those of us who have the responsibility for implementing Dodd-Frank and being public policymakers that we’re supposed to be about someone who now is sitting in a position that really happens to be sitting in illegally to begin with, why —‎why should we think that you’re not there to destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?”

MULVANEY: “Actually with respect congresswoman I would suggest that I’m the one responsible for implementing Dodd-Frank not you; you’re responsible for passing legislation and then the executive branch implements it. I have not burnt the place down, despite what you may have heard about what I was going to do when I’ve gotten there. I think that we have 10 fewer people working there now than the on the day I took over, and that’s out of 1627 people. We continue —“

WATERS: “Reclaiming my time.”

MULVANEY: “— to enforce the law.”

WATERS: “Let me just say to you that you couldn’t implement a thing unless, first of all, there was legislation that was passed to deal with what you’re doing, and secondly, that we have the responsibility for oversight for your implementation. So I want you to understand the relationship.”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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