Commission: Impossible - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chief Appointment

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John Oliver reports from the House of Representatives on Senate Republicans' tireless commitment to motherf**kery. (5:47)

POKER.

FOR MORE ON THIS APPOINTMENT,

WE GO NOW LIVE TO SENIOR

POLITICAL ANALYST JOHN

OLIVER STAND ON THE HALLOWED

FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

JOHN OLIVER, NICE TO SEE

YOU.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: JOHN OLIVER, WHAT IS

THIS?

>> JON T COULDN'T BE

SIMPLER.

IN 2010 IN THE THROES OF ONE

OF THE WORST ECONOMIC

RECESSIONS IN U.S. HISTORY

CONGRESS CAME TOGETHER AND

PASSED A LAW CREATING A

BADLY NEEDED CONSUMER

PROTECTION BUREAU.

A WATCHDOG AGAINST THE KINDS

OF PREDATORY FINANCIAL

PRACTICES THAT HAVE SO

DESTROYED THE ECONOMIC

FOUNDATION OF THIS GREAT

COUNTRY.

AND SINCE THEN, CONGRESS HAS

WORKED DILIGENTLY TO PREVENT

THIS UNACCOUNTABLE,

UNELECTED AND DOWN RIGHT

DANGEROUS BUREAU FROM EVER

FULLY COMING TO EXISTENCE.

THAT'S THE ANSWER, JON, YOU

ARE WELCOME.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR CAN I

GET OUT OF HERE.

>> Jon: YES, NO, YES, I HAVE

QUESTION.

IF CONGRESS NOW FEARS THE

BUREAU THAT THEY THEMSELVES

CREATED, WHY NOT THEN JUST

PASS A LAW UNCREATING IT?

>> WELL, WHAT?

GO ON RECORD AS OPPOSING A

VITAL AND NECESSARY AGENCY

THAT WILL PROTECT THE MOST

VULNERABLE, HARDWORKING

FAMILIES IN THIS I:.

OH, YEAH THAT WILL PLAY

GREAT IN AN ELECTION YEAR.

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT.

>> Jon: BUT YOU JUST SAID

THEY'RE KILLING IT

BUREAUCRATLY.

>> EXACTLY BUT WHY SHOOT

SOMETHING IN PUBLIC WHEN YOU

CAN JUST QUIETLY SQUEEZE ITS

FEEDING TUBE IN THE PRIV SEE

OF A HOSPITAL SHIFT CHANGE.

>> Jon: SO THE CONGRESS

WON'T GET RID OF THE AGENCY

LEGISLATIVELY.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> Jon: THEY'LL JUST STAY IN

A SORT OF SUSPENDED

ANIMATION PERPETUAL FAKE

SESSION TO PREVENT THE

PRESIDENT FROM A RECESS

APPOINTMENT.

BUT IF THEY ARE IN SESSION.

>> RIGHT.

>> Jon: WHY CAN'T THE

DEMOCRATS JUST BRING THE

GUY'S NAME UP FOR AN UP OR

DOWN CONFIRMATION VOTE.

THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A

MAJORITY IN THE SENATE.

>> WHOA, JON, ARE WE REALLY

DOING THIS?

(LAUGHTER)

ARE YOU REALLY STOOPING SO

LOW TO ASK ME A BRITISHER,

TO EXPLAIN YOUR OWN

COUNTRY'S SYSTEM TO YOU?

(LAUGHTER)

IS THAT HAPPENING?

I THINK THAT IS WHAT IS

HAPPENING.

>> Jon: JOHN, NO, WE DON'T

HAVE TO KNOW HOW IT WORKS.

WE ALREADY HAVE GREEN CARDS.

>> ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT,

OKAY, OKAY, ALL RIGHT.

POINT TAKEN.

POINT TAKEN.

THE DEMOCRAT, LET ME EXPLAIN

V A MAJORITY IN THE SENATE.

BUT THEY DON'T HAVE A

SUPERMAJORITY SO THE

REPUBLICANS HAVE VOWED TO

FILIBUSTER ANYBODY THE

PRESIDENT DARE APPOINT.

>> Jon: THOSE BASTARD

REPUBLICANS.

>> QUITE, QUITE.

EXACTLY, JON.

HOW DARE THEY USE THE EXACT

SAME PRO FORMA SESSION

TECHNIQUE THAT HARRY REID

USED IN 2007 TO KEEP GEORGE

W. BUSH FROM APPOINTING

STEPHEN BRADBURY TO HEAD THE

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S OFFICE

OF LEGAL COUNSEL.

HOW DARE THEY.

HOW DARE THEY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: WAIT, YOU-- CAN I

ASK YOU A QUESTION.

>> WHAT?

>> Jon: YOU HAD TO KNOW ALL

THAT FOR A GREEN CARD.

>> NO, NOT FOR A GREEN CARD,

JON, I'VE GOT THE PLATINUM

CARD.

>> Jon: I DIDN'T KNOW.

>> I WANTED TO CARRY A

CONCEALED WEAPON AND

COMPLAIN ABOUT MEXICANS.

>> Jon: I SEE, ALL RIGHT.

BUT I HAVE T IF THE

DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE

SENATE --

>> I THINK I KNOW WHERE THIS

IS GOING.

>> Jon: WHY CAN'T THE

DEMOCRATS MOVE TO ADJOURN TO

ALLOW THE RECESS

APPOINTMENT?

SEE THE REPUBLICANS CAN'T

FILIBUSTER AN ADJOURNMENT.

>> WELL DONE, LITTLE GIRL.

WELL DONE.

WELL DONE.

YOU CAN FINALLY TAKE OFF

THAT TRAINING BRA BECAUSE

YOU HAVE REALLY SOLVE THIS

PROBLEM, HAVEN'T YOU.

QUICK, CALL THE WHITE HOUSE.

I THINK YOU'VE CRACKED IT.

>> Jon: YOU'RE VERY KIND.

>> YOU HAVE EARNED IT.

EXCEPT, JOHN JON, FOR ONE

THING.

ACCORDING TO ARTICLE 1,

SECTION 5 OF THE

CONSTITUTION, IF THE HOUSE

CONTROLLED BY THE

REPUBLICANS REFUSES TO PASS

A MATCHING RESOLUTION TO

ADJOURN THEY CAN FORCE THE

SENATE TO STAY OPEN IN THE

SAME PRO FORMA SESSION.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: I THINK I JUST THREW

UP A LITTLE BIT IN MY MOUTH,

I'M SORRY.

>> AND YET THIS IS WHAT YOU

REJECTED CONSTITUTIONAL

MONARCHY FOR SO WHY DON'T

YOU SUCK IT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: LET ME TELL YOU

SOMETHING, OLIVER, THIS

CONGRESS MAKES ME SO ANGRY,

THIS CONGRESS, THIS DO

NOTHING BUNCH OF MOTHER

[BLEEP].

>> WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.

JON, YOU TAKE THAT BACK!

THEY DO NOT DO NOTHING.

THEY ARE MOTHER [BLEEP] BUT

DO YOU KNOW, JON, DO YOU

KNOW THE AMOUNT OF WORK IT

TAKES TO PERFORM THIS LEVEL

OF MOTHER WLOOEP BLOOEP --

[BLEEP]ERY.

SURE ARE, YOU AREN'T SEEING

IN ON C-SPAN BUT LOOK BEHIND

THE FLAPS TO THE ACTUAL

OFFICE OF OUR CAPITOL

BUILDING.

THESE GOOD PEOPLE, JON.

>> Jon: OH MY GOD.

>> WHO DEDICATED PUBLIC

SERVANTS WORK TIRELESSLY,

JON, NIGHT AND DAY TO MAKE

SURE THAT NOTHING GETS DONE.

THIS, JON, THEY-- DO NOT

LOOK AWAY, STEWART, YOU NEED

TO SEE THIS LOOK AT IT!

LOOK, DIRECTLY AT IT!

THIS, JON, THIS, THIS RIGHT

HERE, THIS IS HOW THE

SAUSAGE DOESN'T GET MADE.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT, LOOK T

TAKES ALOT OF EFFORT.

>> YEAH T DOES TAKE A LOT OF

EFFORT, JON.

YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON THIS

FOR 1 SECOND AND WHO KNOWS

WHAT COULD HAPPEN.

A PROGRAM THAT WORKS TO

EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE

EMERGES.

OR A BRIDGE GETS BUILT TO

SOMEWHERE.

AND YOU SAY THAT THESE

PEOPLE DON'T WORK, SHAME ON

YOU, STEWART.

SHAME ON THEM AND SHAME ON

YOU.

>> Jon: BUT WHAT IF WE USED

THAT SAME LEVEL OF EFFORT TO

HELP FIX OR AMELIORATE THE

PROBLEMS OUR COUNTRY FACES.

>> YEAH, I GUESS YOU COULD

DO THAT TOO BUT THIS IS THE

DIRECT NO SHOW FROM THE

GO-IN.

SO EITHER WAY, EITHER WAY.

>> Jon: THANK YOU VERY MUCH,

JOHN, JOHN

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