Alito, Gorsuch side with liberals on CFPB decision

 May 17, 2024

Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch are known as two of the most conservative members currently serving America's Supreme Court.

According to The Hill, the two "broke away from other right-leaning members of the nation’s high court in a decision to preserve the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)."

Alito and Gorsuch dissented from the Supreme Court's 7-2 decision that the CFPB's funding was constitutional.

Samuel Alito complained that the decision "undercuts the most 'complete and effectual weapon'" in Congress' toolbox: money.

"Unfortunately, today’s decision turns the Appropriations Clause into a minor vestige," Alito wrote. "The Court upholds a novel statutory scheme under which the powerful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) may bankroll its own agenda without any congressional control or oversight."

"The Framers would be shocked, even horrified, by this scheme," he concluded.

The majority opinion sided with the Biden administration and was penned by Justice Clarence Thomas.

"Under the Appropriations Clause, an appropriation is simply a law that authorizes expenditures from a specified source of public money for designated purposes," Clarence Thomas wrote.