Saturday, October 31, 2009

Paul: Audit the Fed Bill Totally "Gutted"

by Mel Watt (D, NC). What a surprise.

Federal Reserve Policy Audit Legislation ‘Gutted,’ Paul Says
(Bob Ivry, 10/30/09 Bloomberg) [emphasis is mine]

"Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Representative Ron Paul, the Texas Republican who has called for an end to the Federal Reserve, said legislation he introduced to audit monetary policy has been “gutted” while moving toward a possible vote in the Democratic-controlled House.

"The bill, with 308 co-sponsors, has been stripped of provisions that would remove Fed exemptions from audits of transactions with foreign central banks, monetary policy deliberations, transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee and communications between the Board, the reserve banks and staff, Paul said today.

"“There’s nothing left, it’s been gutted,” he said in a telephone interview. “This is not a partisan issue. People all over the country want to know what the Fed is up to, and this legislation was supposed to help them do that.” "

"Paul, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, said Mel Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina, has eliminated “just about everything” while preparing the legislation for formal consideration. Watt is chairman of the panel’s domestic monetary policy and technology subcommittee."

"Paul said he intends to introduce an amendment to the bill when it comes to the House floor for a vote restoring the legislation’s original language."

Mr. Watt's district includes Charlotte, NC, where Bank of America, the largest lender in the U.S., is headquartered, as noted by the article.

If you are in Mr. Watt's district, or Chairman Frank's district and want to know what on earth the Federal Reserve has been doing with your money and a whole lot of others, PLEASE write to them and tell them they must restore the original bill as introduced by Ron Paul.


Anonymous said...

Ron is fighting the good fight but unfortunately he is up against some overwhelming powers. I commend his tenacity and applaud his plan to add the amendment. I bet he doesn't get the 308 members support for it.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Yup. He's been fighting since 80s, I think. If his amendment to restore the bill gets defeated, I wouldn't be surprised if Dr. Paul votes no on his own bill...

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