Westbrook, MAINE – In case you missed it, Congressman Bruce Poliquin has quietly signed onto an amicus brief in support of Mick Mulvaney’s leadership at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Mulvaney has made it his goal to undermine the mission of the CFPB, has questioned why the consumer protection watchdog agency even exists, and has called it “a joke”.

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett issued the following statement in response:

“The CFPB was created in the wake of the financial crisis that devastated the lives of Mainers throughout the Second District. But rather than back a director who believes in its mission of protecting everyday people from dangerous, predatory practices, Congressman Poliquin is throwing his support behind a person who is working hard to dismantle the agency and put Mainers back in harm’s way. Congressman Poliquin said he would be a champion for Maine people, but it’s clear that what he’s saying up here and doing down in Washington are two completely different things – and Maine people are going to pay the price for it.”

Mulvaney, who serves as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, was appointed by President Trump to also serve as Director of CFPB, but his status as CFPB Director is being challenged in the court.

Poliquin was one of 113 Congressional Republicans that signed onto an amicus brief in support of Mulvaney.

Just last month, it was reported that under Mulvaney’s leadership, the CFPB is not using their full investigatory powers to investigate the Equifax data breach, which comprised the identities and financial information of 500,000+ Mainers.

Additionally, Mulvaney has attempted to alter the program that offers medical benefits to those affected by the 9/11 attacks and has called also the CFPB a“joke” and openly questioned whether or not it should exist.