Industry Publication Reports Mulvaney “Lobbying Hard” for Kraninger and Infers that Kraninger Will Carry on Mulvaney’s Legacy

by Jeff Sovern

AccountsRecovery.Net has a story, Mulvaney Lobbying Hard For Kraninger, Despite Saying He Wants To Stay Out of Process, which reports:

Mulvaney has spoken out publicly in favor of Kraninger’s nomination and the report [in The Hill] said that Mulvaney has reached out to several Republican members of the Senate Banking Committee, which will hold Kraninger’s confirmation hearings.

The report cited four Senators, who all confirmed that Mulvaney had contacted them to talk about Kraninger’s nomination.

“Mulvaney is very high on the nomination, and that carries a lot weight with me,” said Sen. John Kennedy [R-La.].

Getting Kraninger confirmed would likely ensure that Mulvaney’s vision during his short legacy as acting director of the agency would continue for the foreseeable future.

The Hill report linked to above said:

Kraninger will likely face a lengthy confirmation process as Congress rushes to finish a slew of must-pass bills before the November midterm elections. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who’s considered the CFPB’s architect, said she would place a hold on Kraninger’s nomination, further slowing down the process.

Senate Republicans have a slim majority and cannot afford a single defection to confirm Kraninger while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) receives treatment for a brain tumor at home in Arizona, assuming both sides dig in on their opposition or support.

But Kraninger could earn the backing of some moderate Democrats who are facing reelection this year in states that Trump won in 2016.

Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) — two of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats — told The Hill on Tuesday that they had just started to review Kraninger’s nomination and had not come to a decision yet.

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