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Federal Reserve Audit Bill Overwhelmingly Passes The House [message #1788] Thu, 26 July 2012 14:46 Go to next message
CyberkNight is currently offline  CyberkNight
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In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to audit the Federal Reserve.

The bill, which has 270 co-sponsors, passed 327 to 98. All but one Republican -- Rep. Bob Turner of New York -- voted for it, along with 89 Democrats.

Paul teamed up with former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) in 2010 to pass similar legislation that became part of the final Wall Street reform bill. But Paul has said new audit legislation is needed because the 2010 bill didn't go far enough. Specifically, he states on his website that the audit called for in the 2010 bill only focused on emergency credit programs and procedural issues, rather than on the substantive details of the lending transactions. The 2012 bill doesn't limit the focus of the audit.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke recently told the House Financial Services Committee that he agrees with the "basic premise" that the Fed should be transparent, but raised concerns that Paul's bill doesn't exempt monetary policy and deliberations from its reach.

Not including an exemption on this point could create "a political dampening effect on the Federal Reserve's policy decisions," Bernanke warned.

But Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) pointed out that the House vote on the bill comes on the same day that the Washington Post reported that the New York Fed "did not communicate in key meetings with top regulators that British bank Barclays had admitted to Fed staffers that it was rigging LIBOR," the index which sets interest rates worldwide.

"The Fed creates trillions of dollars out of nothing and gives it to banks. Congress is in the dark. The Fed sets the stage for the subprime meltdown. Congress is in the dark. The Fed takes a dive on LIBOR. Congress is in the dark. The Fed doesn't tell regulators what is going on. Congress is in the dark," Kucinich shouted on the House floor, just before the vote.

Full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/25/federal-reserve-aud it-bill_n_1702879.html


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The stereotype would suggest more democrats would support this bill than republicans. Aren't opposing corporatism and providing transparency (supposedly) democrat virtues? Do democrats oppose this bill more simply because it was put forth by a republican? Don't get me wrong. At this point I think both parties have by and large become a slave to corporate special interests but the number of democrats who oppose this bill still surprised me a little.

Re: Federal Reserve Audit Bill Overwhelmingly Passes The House [message #1790 is a reply to message #1788] Thu, 26 July 2012 14:51 Go to previous message
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What do you think should be done about the Federal Reserve?[ 2 votes ]
1. Audit the Fed 0 / 0%
2. Audit first then End the Fed 2 / 100%
3. Screw the audit, just end it! 0 / 0%
4. Nothing 0 / 0%
5. Not Sure 0 / 0%

So what should really happen to the Federal Reserve?

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