If Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in the upcoming election, they may try to use their majority to push back against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The GOP majority is likely to be slim, however, meaning that the potential new leader of the Senate Banking Committee, Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) may only attempt to implement reforms to gain Democratic help, rather than try to make sweeping changes. Brandon Barford, a former Shelby staffer who is now with the policy research firm Beacon Policy Advisors, says limiting the CFPB’s funding would be nearly impossible without a veto-proof Senate majority.

Alan S. Kaplinsky, who heads Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, predicts the Senate will hold a series of oversight hearings on the CFPB, which will be “good political theater.”

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