WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is bringing the battle over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau back to the forefront next week with a long-awaited confirmation vote on Richard Cordray, the agency's director.

Democrats and Republicans have been at a stand-off over Cordray's nomination two years ago as the GOP fights for structural changes at the agency that Democrats staunchly oppose. While President Obama recessed appointed Cordray to the position last year, that too is under attack. Two federal appeals court have overturned recess appointments made on the same day as Cordray's, with critics arguing it's only a matter of time before Cordray is embroiled in a similar legal fight.

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