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Announcing AuditTheFed.com!

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

As you and I both know, Campaign for Liberty is leading the fight to pass Ron Paul’s bill to Audit the Fed. With 282 cosponsors in the House and 23 in the Senate, your efforts have so far proven very successful in establishing large, bipartisan support for Federal Reserve transparency. We’ve come a long way in demonstrating to the nation that monetary policy is a critical issue, and every day more and more people are waking up to the harm that the Fed has caused our economy.

But our mission is not yet complete. There are more Americans to educate, more signatures to collect, and more work to be done to combat the “big guns” that have come out against Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed bill. That’s why today I’m proud to announce that we’ve taken the next step in our efforts by launching AuditTheFed.com, a focused, coalition website with one purpose: to push this historic piece of legislation through Congress, past the President’s desk, and into law.

AuditTheFed.com includes: contact information for your congressman and senators, petitions, widgets, and banners to promote the website, dynamic graphs of the bill’s cosponsors, a detailed summary of the Audit the Fed bill, a list of our growing coalition, a blog to keep you up to date on all the latest Audit the Fed news, a sign up for email updates, and social networks to help get the word out online. This website was designed to put you, the liberty-loving activist, in a position to efficiently and effectively promote Audit the Fed to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers alike.

This new website is the latest addition to our efforts to Audit the Fed, but it is by no means the culmination. Stay tuned to CampaignforLiberty.com in the coming days for information on how we plan to mobilize to gain not only more cosponsors for HR 1207 and S 604, but support for a vote in the House and Senate.

For Liberty,
John Tate


P.S. If you are able, please consider donating to Campaign for Liberty today to help ensure Audit the Fed becomes law and we can finally bring transparency and accountability to one of our country’s most secretive institutions.

Senate Rejects ‘Audit the Fed’ Bill as an Amendment

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Representative Ron Paul continues to receive cosponsors on his Audit the Fed bill (H.R. 1207). With 245 cosponsors in total, one has to wonder why this bill has been unable to move ahead in the House for floor debate and an eventual floor vote.

The Senate companion bill (S. 604) offered by Senator Bernard Sanders (R-VT) carries only 3 cosponsors (Senators Mike Crapo, R-ID; Jim DeMint, R-SC; and David Vitter, R-LA). However, the Senate version of the bill had a chance for passage when Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) opted to attach S. 604 to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act (H.R. 2918) as an amendment. DeMint’s attempt to force the Senate to consider the bill through the amendment process failed when Senate leaders rejected having a vote on the amendment claiming it violated Senate rules. The appropriations bill passed without a vote on the DeMint amendment, even though the bill had several other provisions for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit various other agencies. (Click here for a video of Senator DeMint’s statement on his amendment.)

This issue cannot be ignored forever. With more and more support to audit the Federal Reserve, congressional leaders will soon have to deal with this issue in one way or another.

Continue to contact Congress and urge them to support H.R. 1207 and S. 604. If your representative and senators are co-sponsors already – GREAT! If not, you should continue to call, e-mail, or visit their office. Let them know that you support a complete audit of the Federal Reserve and that you wish for them to become a sponsor of either H.R. 1207 or S. 604.

Thank you,
Your friends at The John Birch Society

Patrick Murphy’s (PA -8) response to HR1207

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

June 29, 2009

Dear Ms. Serdula:

Thank you for contacting me in regards to H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009. As I work to meet the needs of our community and our nation, please know how much I value having the benefit of your views.

During this current recession it is crucial that we take action to
jumpstart the economy and put Americans back to work, while always being mindful of the bottom line. Reckless spending without oversight is not the answer. As your Congressman, I have strongly advocated the need to monitor our spending and ensure transparency in all government agencies and programs.

For these reasons, I am pleased to report to you that I am a proud
cosponsor of H.R. 1207. As you know, H.R. 1207 requires the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit the Federal Reserve banks and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System by the end of 2010, and to submit a report of their findings to Congress. The bill also lifts certain previous restrictions that limited the GAO’s ability to perform audits on federal agencies. The Federal Reserve plays an important role by serving as a backbone for the banking system, but it has too often conducted its operations in an unclear manner and with minimal oversight. In light of its responsibilities, it is imperative that the Federal Reserve’s operations are fully transparent, and I believe H.R. 1207 contains the measures necessary to ensure that this is the case. By eliminating restrictions on GAO audits, the bill will open up the Fed’s funding facilities – such as the Primary Dealer Credit Facility, Term Securities Lending Facility, and Term Asset-Backed Securities Lending Facility – to Congressional oversight. Congress and the American people will be able to monitor how and to whom the Federal Reserve is lending taxpayer dollars.

Our recent economic difficulties further underscore the need for
openness and accountability in this area. You may also be interested to know that I voted for H.R. 384, the Troubled Assets Relief Program
(TARP) Reform and Accountability Act of 2009. This important bill would bring much needed accountability and transparency to the way in which TARP money has been distributed to banks and financial institutions. I’ve been very upset to hear the reports of how this money has been distributed, and even angrier to hear that it required the threat of a subpoena to force financial institutions to release details about their involvement with this program. In particular, I felt it was necessary to shed light on the half a trillion dollar deal, made last November, in which the Federal Reserve purchased mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and then contracted out the management of these securities to four private investment firms. The American people have a right to know how this arrangement was conducted, which is why I introduced an amendment to H.R. 384 that requires the Federal Reserve to disclose how the investment managers for the MBS Purchase Program were selected. In addition, the amendment necessitates that the government provide details of both the manager contracts and the steps taken to ensure that the program remains free from conflicts of interest. This amendment unanimously passed the House on January 15, 2009, and H.R. 384 is currently awaiting consideration by the Senate.

Guaranteeing oversight and financial responsibility has always been one
of my foremost priorities. In the last session of Congress, I introduced H.R. 5467, the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act
of 2008. This legislation, which was cosponsored by Congressman Ron
Paul, requires the head of each federal agency to annually review all
agency programs and identity those programs and activities that made
payments that should never have been paid – either through error or
ineligibility. This bill is a necessary step in the process of getting
our fiscal house in order, and I look forward to reintroducing it to the
111th Congress and working towards its passage.

Hearing from the families I serve is vital to doing my job right.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your concerns and I hope you will keep in touch with me on this or any other issue that is important to you. To stay informed of my work, or to sign up for my electronic newsletters, please visit my website at http://patrickmurphy.house.gov . Also, please do not hesitate to contact me again if I can help in any way. You can reach my office in Washington at 202-225-4276, my office in Doylestown at 215-348-1194, and my office in Bristol at 215-826-1963.


Patrick J. Murphy