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Court Makes It Easier For President To Fire Consumer Watchdog Head


The U.S. Supreme Court decides that the president is free to fire the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without cause. The ruling rejects a federal law that sought to place limits on presidential oversight of independent agencies. Under the bureau’s leadership structure, the director is appointed by the president to a five-year term and cannot be dismissed without a substantial reason in order to protect the bureau’s independence. In the 5-4 ruling in Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Court said the agency’s structure violates the Constitution’s separation-of-powers design.