Washington (CNN) - With administration officials acknowledging Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren is under consideration as either temporary or permanent head of the powerful consumer financial protection agency, the Democratic chair of the Senate Banking Committee said it would be a mistake for the White House to bypass the Senate confirmation process by naming her as interim chief.
"I'm not enthusiastic about that. I think it will be met with a lot of opposition," Sen. Chris Dodd told reporters in the Capitol Tuesday.
President Obama has publically praised Warren, but there are questions on Capitol Hill as to whether Democrats can get the 60 votes needed to confirm her, especially during the election season.
"It's a big job, it's an important job," Dodd said. "You've got to build the support for it institutionally. Or in the next Congress - none of us know what the outcome is going to be, politically - you could gut this before it even gets off the ground. If you don't have someone running it early on it jeopardizes the existence of the consumer protection bureau."
Asked how the next Congress might gut the position, Dodd responded, "Money, take away the money. That's how you always do it."
White House spokesman Bill Burton said Tuesday that Warren has been a stalwart and impressed the president with her skills but said it's too early to say if she'll be named to the post and if so whether it would be permanently – which means she would need Senate confirmation- or temporarily – which means she would not.
"She's obviously in the mix," Burton said. "But I don't have anything for you" regarding an announcement.