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Old 06-12-2009, 10:10 AM
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Ron Paul wants to audit the Fed

Anyone else hear about this? This is the best idea I've heard of in a long time. The bill in the House, H.R. 1207 has 222 co sponsors! Hopefully it will pass!

The effort to increase the transparency of the Federal Reserve's operations has picked up surprising momentum over the last month, with more and more rank-and-file members of Congress steadily signing on to a bill introduced in February by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to expand the authority of the Government Accountability Office to audit the Fed.

The bill has surged past 200 cosponsors and is just five short of the 218 needed for passage. On Tuesday, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the Republican Leader, signed on.

Fifty-one Democrats have joined 156 Republicans so far to back HR 1207. A similar bill sponsored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) also has momentum and is on pace for a congressional hearing soon in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where Kucinich is a subcommittee chairman.

The bill would authorize the GAO to audit the Fed's funding facilities, such as the Primary Dealer Credit Facility, Term Securities Lending Facility, and Term Asset-Backed Securities Lending Facility – known as TALF.

The Fed has expanded its liabilities and its balance sheet massively since September 2008, buying toxic assets and lending hundreds of billions to foreign central banks in unchecked swaps, then sending that foreign currency to U.S. banks.

On CNBC Wednesday morning, in response to a question about the bill from guest host Arianna Huffington, Grant's Interest Rate Observer editor Jim Grant endorsed a comprehensive audit of the Fed, saying that if the Fed were subject to the treatment and auditing it gives other banks, it would be found insolvent.

The House Financial Services Committee, said Chairman Barney Frank, plans to take a look at Paul's bill, HR 1207. "I think we should be moving in that direction," Frank said.

Frank wants increased oversight of the Fed but also wants other nations to be assured that the Fed is independent in how it establishes monetary policy.

"We're worried now that it might get people elsewhere worried that the Fed's losing autonomy on monetary policy. With regard to the TALF and stuff that obviously should all be out there, but this could cover the monetary policy setting," Frank said. Because the Chinese are already worried about the security of their investments in U.S. dollars, he said, "I am going to ask that we get to take a look at it from that standpoint, again, making sure that there is no perception that this will impinge on the monetary side of things."


http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul538.html




Here's part of H.R 1207:


“(e) AUDIT AND REPORT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM. -

“(1) IN GENERAL. - The audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks under subsection (b) shall be completed before the end of 2010.

“(2) REPORT -

“(A) REQUIRED. - A report on the audit referred to in paragraph (1) shall be submitted by the Comptroller General to the Congress before the end of the 90-day period beginning on the date on which such audit is completed and made available to the Speaker of the House, the majority and minority leaders of the House of Representatives, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the committee and each sub-committee of jurisdiction in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and any other Member of Congress who requests it.

“(B) CONTENTS. - The report under subparagraph (A) shall include a detailed description of the findings and conclusion of the Comptroller General with respect to the audit that is the subject of the report, together with such recommendations for legislative or administrative action as the Comptroller General may determine to be appropriate.”.


http://www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues...serve-hr-1207/

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Old 06-12-2009, 10:22 AM
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Yep... I get regular updates.

I think there are 221 Co-Sponsors now.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:26 AM
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Re: Ron Paul wants to audit the Fed

222 cosponsors the last I heard.

Hopefully this will lead to change in the Fed but I doubt it.
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222 cosponsors the last I heard.

Hopefully this will lead to change in the Fed but I doubt it.
Agreed...
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:31 AM
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Anyone else hear about this? ]
Yes!

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Ron Paul is still a nut.
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I would be funny for the Dems and Obama to oppose this bill for all their talk of transparency
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But those Texans love him!
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Grade A, certified!...

But those Texans love him!
Do you have any reasoning why?
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