WASHINGTON — Republican Sens. Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas have introduced legislation that would halt certain work at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until the agency confirms a director.

The Restoring the Constitutional Balance of Power Act, introduced Thursday, follows a key federal appeals court ruling last week against the recess appointments of three members of the National Labor Relations Board. That decision casts into doubt the legality of CFPB Director Richard Cordray's appointment because it occurred on the same day as the others, even though he was not directly involved in the lawsuit.

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