Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., criticized President Obama for making a recess appointment last week of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Moran said the "end run around the Senate" could have been avoided had the administration seriously considered a GOP proposal to bring more accountability to the bureau. "Instead of having a reasonable conversation about the merits of our proposal, the president has chosen to break decades of precedent and put politics ahead of the best interests of consumers," Moran said. But Ezra Klein of the Washington Post noted that Republicans have made clear that "they would obstruct the confirmation of any and all nominees to the CFPB until the Obama administration agreed to radically reform the agency. They were, in other words, using their power to block nominations to kill or change agencies that they didn't have the votes to reform through the normal legislative order. . . . This is what Obama is fighting."