Jeff Hauser & David Segal

Jeff Hauser is the founder and director of the Revolving Door Project at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. David Segal is the executive director of Demand Progress Education Fund.


Recent Articles

The SEC Remains a Secondary Concern to Chuck Schumer

The Senate Minority Leader mismanaged an appointment to the agency last year, keeping a Democratic seat open for months. Will he do the same again?

Already furious that Democrats aren’t standing up for themselves and the people who depend on them? Then … this article isn’t for you. Because we’re going to tell you about a seemingly inside baseball—but in fact quite consequential—way in which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continues to be out-hustled by both Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. One of the cool things about leading the Senate party not in control of the White House is that for the past generation, you have gotten to choose your party’s “minority commissioners” on a wide swathe of independent agencies. That opportunity exists because critical five-member independent agencies like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are governed by statutes with requirements such as the law that created the FTC: “Not more than three of the Commissioners shall be...

Can Democrats Stop McConnell and Trump’s Quiet Regulatory Takeover?

Republicans have stymied the filling of Democratic seats in independent agencies. There doesn’t appear to be any plan to confront this.

An increasing number of progressives are frightened by how effectively Mitch McConnell has packed federal courts. In President Obama’s final two years, McConnell blocked the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court and abused the Senate’s blue slip procedure , limiting Obama’s mark on the federal judiciary. With Donald Trump in office, McConnell went “ nuclear ” to ensure the installation of right-wing ideologues Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, did a 180 on blue slips by ignoring their deployment by Democrats, and reduced debate time for lower-court judges to just two hours. All of this has given Trump more impact on the courts in two years than Obama had in his first four. But the judiciary is not the only terrain upon which Trump and McConnell have deployed metaphorical nuclear arms. Beneath the radar, they are also trampling norms to reduce the influence of Democratic appointees at critical independent agencies which protect consumers...

Commissioner’s Exit Would Leave the SEC Without a Democrat

Rumors of Rob Jackson’s departure would give Wall Street a boost, with anti-regulatory Republicans in complete charge of the agency.

Securities and Exchange Commissioner Robert Jackson might be leaving office in the coming months—well before he would be required to by law. The public was first made aware of this possibility when his name showed up on a list of people who would be teaching courses at NYU Law School this fall. Remarkably, Jackson has not issued a statement clarifying the situation and making it known if or when he plans to depart—and whether he might leave the SEC with just one, or even zero, Democratic commissioners. But one thing is clear: Abandoning his office at this time would be a gift to Wall Street and a betrayal of activists who helped him get where he is. Senate Democrats and progressive activists are in an ongoing tug-of-war with President Trump to maintain a long-standing norm: that the party that is not the president’s gets to choose commissioners for powerful agencies like the SEC and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The statutes that create these bodies...