经济报道 - 奥巴马任命消费者金融保护局局长
This is the VOA Special English Economics Report.
This week, President Obama appointed Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The new government agency says it has already made home loans and credit card agreements easier for Americans to understand. But the Obama administration said the bureau cannot supervise financial products like home loans without a director.
本周，奥巴马总统任命理查德·柯德瑞(Richard Cordray)出任消费者金融保护局(Consumer Financial Protection Bureau，CFPB)局长。这一新的政府机构表示，它们已经使得住房贷款和信用卡协议更易于被美国公众理解。但奥巴马政府表示，如果没有局长，该局无法对类似住房贷款的金融产品进行监管。
The president used a measure known as a recess appointment to fill the position. He nominated Mr. Cordray last July. But the opposition Republican Party blocked a vote in the full Senate.
Mr. Obama announced the appointment Wednesday during a visit to Ohio. It was his first political campaign trip of the year. He told the crowd that the severe economic crisis three years ago did not happen because of too many financial rules.
BARRACK OBAMA: "That makes no sense. Does anyone think the reason why we got into such a financial mess, the worst financial crisis since the great depression, the worst economic crisis in a generation, that the reason was because of too much oversight of the financial industry? Of course not. We shouldn't be weakening oversight, we shouldn't be weakening accountability, we should be strengthening it!"
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized the president’s appointment. Many Republicans oppose the new agency, saying its goals are not clear. They also want a group of people to lead the agency instead of a single director.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau resulted from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of twenty ten. Its goal is to make the market for financial products safer. Educating Americans about investment and loan products, enforcing financial laws and studying financial information all are part of its duties. The agency’s budget is expected to be around five hundred million dollars.
Richard Cordray served as Ohio’s Attorney General for two years. He has earned praise for bringing legal action against banks and financial companies accused of harming homeowners and borrowers. Mr. Condray launched cases against Bank of America and insurer AIG. His recess appointment is effective only until the end of the Senate’s current term.
And that’s the VOA Special English Economics Report. You can read transcripts of our programs at voanews.cn. And follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and iTunes. I’m June Simms.
Dan Robinson and Kent Klein contributed to this report.