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Although handicapping political battles is above my pay grade, I'm always surprised at GOP willingness to openly block basic rules and enforcement - a perspective shared by Travis Plunkett of the Consumer Federation of America.
"On the one hand, they say, 'Oh, we support consumer protection.' On the other, they've done everything except throw their bodies in front of the agency's headquarters to stop it," he says. "These members of Congress have lined up with Wall Street banks and others in the finance industry who never wanted consumers to have a full-time cop on the beat to watch over them."