<em>Patt Morrison</em> is known for its innovative discussions of local politics and culture, as well as its presentation of the effects of national and world news on Southern California.
Hosted by

Who will be the first consumer finance protection czar, and how much political drama will be involved?

Elizabeth Warren at a Congressional hearing in March.
Elizabeth Warren at a Congressional hearing in March.
Alex Wong/Getty Images North Americ

Listen to story

Download this story 3MB

As the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection is formed there has been much consternation and debate over who will eventually head the agency tasked with keeping banks and financial institutions honest. President Obama has made it clear he wants to appoint Elizabeth Warren, Harvard law professor and current chair of the congressional panel overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program, but her nomination would likely face a Senate confirmation battle and delay. Rumor on Capitol Hill has it she may be appointed as counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who under law is responsible for setting up the consumer bureau. Senator Bernie Sanders likes this idea, positing Ms. Warren’s appointment will get the process of accountability and oversight started in the right direction.


Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont; member of the Senate Budget Committee