On July 29, Senator Rand Paul (shown, R-Ky.) sent a message to members of the Campaign for Liberty asking for help in a project very familiar to that organization:
I’ve introduced S. 209, the Audit the Fed bill, and I’m going to do everything I can to expose the Fed and stop Ben Bernanke’s economic snake oil “solutions” from wrecking our fragile economy.
Your action today in support of my father’s Campaign for Liberty will help turn up the heat on my colleagues to pass Audit the Fed.
In February, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) offered the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013, also known as “Audit the Fed.” The bill would eliminate restrictions on Government Accountability Office (GAO) audits of the Federal Reserve. Additionally, the bill would give Congress oversight of the Fed’s credit facilities, securities purchases, and quantitative easing activities.
“The Fed’s operations under a cloak of secrecy have gone on too long and the American people have a right to know what the Federal Reserve is doing with our nation’s money supply,” Paul said in a statement. “Audit the Fed has significant bipartisan support in Congress and across the country and the time to act on this is now.”
There may be hope that the people’s representatives may actually finally wrest the reins of federal fiscal policy away from the unelected, unaccountable governors of the Federal Reserve.
As of the time of writing, Senator Paul’s bill, S. 209, has 24 cosponsors in the Senate, including one Democrat, Mark Begich of Alaska.
In January, a companion measure was offered in the House of Representatives by Representative Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and currently has 153 cosponsors.
When it comes to dragging the policies and procedures of the Federal Reserve into the sunshine of congressional oversight, Rand Paul comes by it honestly, via fatherly influence.
As recounted on RonPaul.com:
For the past 30 years, Congressman Ron Paul has worked tirelessly to bring much-needed transparency and accountability to the secretive bank. And in 2009 and 2010 his unfaltering dedication showed astonishing results: HR 1207, the bill to audit the Federal Reserve, swept the country and made the central bankers shudder at their desks. The bill passed as an amendment both in the House Financial Services Committee and in the House itself.
Then, in 2012, his final year in the House, Congressman Ron Paul reintroduced the Audit the Fed bill (H.R. 459), which passed the House 327-98.
In fact, Representative Broun’s bill currently pending in the House is a copy of Ron Paul’s bill. In a statement, Broun said he was fighting the Fed in order to “pick up where Ron Paul left off.”