Republicans are working on a new plan to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), put in place to protect consumers from the worst abuses by the financial industry, by stripping the CFPB of its independence and severely limiting its ability to go after corporations. The CFPB is the brainchild of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and the agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat consumers fairly. And Republicans hate it..