Republicans have opposed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ever since the independent agency was created in 2011 as part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
The GOP has repeatedly tried to defund the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is advocates for U.S. citizens on matters of banking, investing, credit cards and mortgages.
Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) took his opposition to a bizarre new level on Monday when he compared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the Gestapo, who were the Nazi's secret police (video below).
"So this is far more than the NSA, far more than their meta-data, which only collects phone numbers, but not names, far more because they have no reauthorization, far more because there is no appropriation restrictions placed on it," Rep. Webster said during a House Rules Committee hearing, notes Buzzfeed.
"This is more than just NSA-style, this is more Gestapo-style collection of data on individual citizens who have no clue that this is happening," added Rep. Webster.
Slate reports that Rep. Webster was referring to the agency's credit report data on mortgage borrowers.
Rep. Webster didn't mention that he voted to support the NSA's spying on Americans without a warrant, reported The Wire in 2013.
Also, Rep. Webster's claim that the NSA only collects metadata was debunked in 2013 by documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which were published by The Guardian.
The NSA gathers web and email content, passwords, phone records and content, and personal information on social media sites and apps. The NSA also redirects mail after opening it, reported the Daily Mail.