Senate Leadership Blocks Federal Reserve Audit

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) was blocked by Senate Democrat Leadership from having a vote on his amendment to audit the Federal Reserve, based on a bill authored by Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) in the House, H.R. 1207, and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) in the Senate, S. 604.

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HR 1207’s identical companion bill in the Senate is known as S 604, the Federal Reserve Sunshine Act, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

If your Senator is not on the following list of S 604 co-sponsors, call their offices, write to them, email them. Let them know they need to support S 604. If you live in their district, let them know. Go to their office.

S 604 Co-Sponsors (as of 7/7/2009)

Sen Crapo, Mike [ID] – 6/25/2009
Sen DeMint, Jim [SC] – 6/11/2009
Sen Vitter, David [LA] – 6/16/2009

Campaign for Liberty President John Tate sent out the following email on July 6:

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Earlier today, the first shot in our battle to pass Audit the Fed through the U.S. Senate was fired on the Senate floor by Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

Senator DeMint, who has a well-deserved reputation for taking the battle to the other side in the Senate, once again proved why he is such a valuable ally in our fight to bring transparency and accountability to the Federal Reserve.

A little while ago, the Senate voted to pass HR 2918, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act. This $3 billion bill contains, among many other things, provisions for GAO audits on certain agencies.

Seizing on a chance to take quick action to bring Audit the Fed up for a vote, and with the GAO provisions in mind, Senator DeMint attached the full text of S 604, the Senate version of Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed bill, to HR 2918 as Senate Amendment 1367 before it was considered for final passage.

However, Senate Democrats refused to even allow a vote on the amendment! That’s right. The internationalist, Fed-loving elite in the Senate used a parliamentary tactic to shut down DeMint’s amendment.

After Senator DeMint brought Audit the Fed to the floor, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska raised a “point of order” to prevent a vote, claiming that the amendment violated Senate Rule 16 by “legislating” on an appropriations bill. The Senate president agreed, and the amendment was shot down.

Senator DeMint did not back down, though, and directly challenged Senate leadership by pointing out the other GAO audits contained in the bill. As Senator DeMint listed them off, the Senate president was forced to agree with Senator DeMint that each one he described, all of which would be left in for final passage, also violated Senate Rule 16.

Which tells us at least one thing: the problem wasn’t with “legislating” on the bill or violating Senate Rules (which is commonly done). Shooting down the amendment was about preventing a thorough audit of the Federal Reserve for the first time in its history!

Senate leadership is hoping this issue will just fade away so they can get on to what they deem to be more “important” business, like dictating what kind of healthcare plan you and I can carry or passing destructive Cap-and-Tax legislation.

But the American people deserve answers on what the Fed has done with trillions of our tax dollars and what they are committing us and future generations to as part of their secret deals with foreign central banks and governments.

The leadership decided today to turn their backs on transparency, but our fight is just beginning.

As Senator DeMint made clear on the floor, the Audit the Fed bill has wide bipartisan support. He rightly warned the Senate that even if they delay today, they WILL have to deal with the issue on the floor.

It is up to you and me to back up Senator DeMint’s words by making sure the momentum continues to build and the bill comes up for a final vote.

The rejection of the Audit amendment is just the first battle in our war. Now is the time to really put the pressure on the U.S. Senate to Audit the Fed!

Senator DeMint fired the opening salvo and showcased the hypocrisy of the Senate for allowing other GAO audits to be included in the bill while refusing to even allow a vote on Fed transparency.

Again, we’re just getting started. Senator DeMint will keep fighting to pass Audit the Fed on its own or as an amendment, and we need to continue putting pressure on our senators to do everything in their power to achieve a floor vote!

Click here to sign our online petition. And visit our Audit the Fed action page for contact information to call, write, and fax your senators and urge them to support S 604 and to push for a final vote.

Together, we will finish this fight to Audit the Fed!

In Liberty,

John Tate
President

120 Comments:

  1. Margo Mitchell

    Please keep fighting for Individual liberty, Self Reliance, and Sound Money…Please pass Ron Paul’s Bill to Audit the Federal Reserve Now..Thank you, Margo

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  2. I’ve sent an email to all the democrat senators in my area and to those that would listen to people from other constituents. Let’s swarm them with our letters so they know we are serious abt having the FED audited!

    Here is my letter:

    The Americian People want the FED audited!

    Dear Democratic senators,

    I was watching the video on how the Senate Democrat Leadership Blocks Federal Reserve Audit and I was appalled and shocked!

    How dare the Senate Democrat Leadership block the audit when you yourself has violated Senate Rule 16 in the other GAO audits contained in the bill? Is the Democratic party for the FED and against the American people? Is your allegance to the Constitution or to the FED?

    The American people deserve answers on what the Fed has done with trillions of our tax dollars and what they are committing us and future generations to as part of their secret deals with foreign central banks and governments.

    We are watching what you yourself and what the Democratic party are doing to represent the American people as far as the FED Audit is concerned. With this, we will be the one that decides if YOU and the DEMOCRATIC party shd be in the Senate or shd be the ruling party next term!!!!

    I am watching to see if you will support and co-sponsor HR 1207 and its identical companion bill in the Senate known as S 604, the Federal Reserve Sunshine Act.

    I am watching if you are working for the people and the Constitution which you pledge to serve.

    Yours sincerely,
    Zoe

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  3. I’ve sent an email to all all the senate Democrat leadership. You can find their emails here . Let’s swarm them with our letters so they know we are serious abt having the FED audited!

    Here is my letter:

    The Americian People want the FED audited!

    Dear Democratic senators,

    I was watching the video on how the Senate Democrat Leadership Blocks Federal Reserve Audit and I was appalled and shocked!

    How dare the Senate Democrat Leadership block the audit when you yourself has violated Senate Rule 16 in the other GAO audits contained in the bill? Is the Democratic party for the FED and against the American people? Is your allegance to the Constitution or to the FED?

    The American people deserve answers on what the Fed has done with trillions of our tax dollars and what they are committing us and future generations to as part of their secret deals with foreign central banks and governments.

    We are watching what you yourself and what the Democratic party are doing to represent the American people as far as the FED Audit is concerned. With this, we will be the one that decides if YOU and the DEMOCRATIC party shd be in the Senate or shd be the ruling party next term!!!!

    We are watching to see if you will support and co-sponsor HR 1207 and its identical companion bill in the Senate known as S 604, the Federal Reserve Sunshine Act.

    We are watching if you are working for the people and the Constitution which you pledge to serve.

    Yours sincerely,
    Zoe

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  4. Are there any Ron Paul likes out there that are young, handsome and smooth talking. Then maybe women will get on board. The only way to win is to gain the support of women.

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  5. The Liberals and Neo Liberals are truly a sight to behold….Out of control, spending into oblivion, attempting to socialize all health care.

    The only thing these digs understand is formal notice….SO GIVE THEM NOTICE…. “It is time you co-sponsor the Audit the Federal Reserve act, or you’re fired as these are critical to the American people and must be passed.” Blunt and simple.

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  6. Senator David Vitter continues to fight for Louisiana, and for America. BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, NANCY PELOSI, HARRY REID, HENRY WAXMAN, ED MARKEY and others in Congress have an agenda to destroy AMERICA. President Obama and his liberal allies are doing everything they can to force an energy bill through the House and Senate that could cost Louisiana tens of thousands of jobs. And Speaker Pelosi and President Obama will not rest until they force government-run healthcare on the American people, costing taxpayers billions of dollars and placing more control in the hands of government bureaucrats. What has “the government” done for anyone other than theirselves and/or their buddies?

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  7. John i to, have entertained the thought of just wiping Washington from the map. However, Washington isn’t the problem, they are the symptom. We could literally change the deadly course this country is taking, at every election but the American people never take advantage of the opportunity. The symptom is Washington the actual virus is collectivism invading the minds of our citizens.

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  8. From: The Illegal Drug Industry, Violence and the Colombian Economy:
    A Department Level Analysis
    JENNIFER S. HOLMES,
    School of Social Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas
    SHEILA AMIN GUTIÉRREZ DE PIÑERES,
    School of Social Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas

    “Francisco Thoumi points out that ‘it is possible to launder real estate if the capital is used to fund real estate construction and recycled into new projects’ (Thoumi 2003: 186). The real estate boom, however, poses a threat to the economy as property values appreciate at increasingly unsustainable rates — eventually resulting in a collapse of assets (‘The Wages of Prohibition’ 1994: 25)”

    This is just one research publication that spells out (indirectly) why these thugs in our government will never submit to an audit; they’ve been laundering ill gotten gains from various illegal enterprises… for a very long time. Sadly, they probably served the public’s best interests along these lines for much of that time, being that we’ve yet to emerge from a religious inebriation that continues to this day, on the subject of prohibition. The realization of seperation of Church and State still seems elusive in reality (to me) and I don’t doubt that it will negatively affect this issue as well, due to the nature of decriminalization (of various enterprizes) that needs to occur in unison with what will happen AFTER (if ever) we get the info on the FED (which most of us already know… anyway). I doubt this will happen anytime soon but this push could preclude other actions that need to happen as well, in this same spirit.

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    • Oh we’ll get our information on the Fed

      But they will thumb their noses. Which will become proof to the American people, that the Fed is operating illegally and may need to go the way of all the others forever aka be eliminated….Once they see how it runs its business, America may indeed wonder what the point of it was…

      http://www.endthefed.us

      That’s the point of the Audit….It won’t fix all the rampant Federal drug running and crimes they have been fighting daily to cover up, it will unleash the information all over the airwaves….

      Gaining majority support for HR 833 and giving us the ammo needed to get new Senators and Congressman in every office prepared to fulfill our mandate…..And kill it off….While we march through the streets with our loaded guns and tasers, wiping out their army….falling in the process.

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  9. They tried to stop it and then it grew larger yet again….

    Our military should have never protected this evil institution, because it’s a cancer in the world writ large and a vile piece of vermin that must be rooted out & one day……we know what.

    The Federal Reserve must open up the books and explain where the money is going…….and we will be there with their backs against the wall, until that full accounting is met…

    We’re not playing and no Federal Reserve or International Federal Reserve deserves one drawn, nor quarter….

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  10. When the Federal Reserve dies, that is when patriots, we strike at the New World Order……

    The New World Order will die a slow miserable death in hails of gunfire bullets even as it wounds us some more……

    As soon as the Federal Reserve is under POLICE CUSTODY, there is nothing more dastardly that the New World Order can do anyway….

    The New World Order and the Federal Reserve…..ONE AND THE SAME…

    No matter what they wish to do they don’t have the finances to do it…..

    The Achilles heel to the NWO, the scam of the Global Government, ruining the world and from Revelations including Israhell to a certain degree…..

    ….Is the Federal Reserve banking complex. The Fed runs the violence and theft, and is a gigantic scam by the way. The New World Order will be weakened to the point of being broken, once we have given the “say go” on the Federal Reserve….

    Death and destruction can not exist infinitely….If infinite money supplies no longer exist…..to fund its HELL and TERROR!

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  11. The world’s economic doom is sealed! The FED will die soon anyway, but it will take the entire global economy down with it.

    http://thomaspainereturns.net/posts/sdfr.html

    All of the band-aid measures will fail. The problem is the Federal Reserve, which concept is founded upon debt-based currency and fraud.[…]
    The Federal Reserve is a cancer that has nearly killed the entire world economy. That cancer must be surgically removed from the world’s economy, or it will soon kill the patient. There is no other viable alternative at this late stage.

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  12. I’d like to suggest to take a look at the media / newspaper crisis
    ever since the media deserve a bit of blame.
    Suggest to google bit with: “ad rates up circulation down” …
    it begins with 2004 article mentioning the Rocky Mountain News
    being into that pricing strategy, … an amazing story unfolds, …
    further “newspaperdeathwatch”, a site, ( I find it very relaxing, peaceful), certainly “newspaper crisis”, etc., as interest leads from one topic to another.
    That is unrelated to above topic, yet, maybe it is useful. (And they
    were awful in the past reg. Ron Paul.)The media were and are pulling
    off some stunt reg. their ad revenue and more.

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  13. It doesn’t matter, because the facts are The Fed is a Fraud!!!!
    Evidence shows conclusively, that the Federal Reserve is keeping its books secret. No matter who you are, you have to agree that is completely unacceptable.

    Banking is not done in secret for monetary reasons at any time. The books deserve to be opened, period, so we can see exactly what the Federal Reserve does and how it works.
    http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=972&APP=GAC&SiteID=0&IssueID=16611
    Everything the Federal Reserve does has been in total secrecy, it is past time to find out why this is!

    The American people demand a full accounting of all of this, and of the corrupt police departments which have been terrorizing certain precincts.

    Get very formal with your senators, get even more in their face than the House and indicate to them once & for all…..We demand to “know the truth” about the Federal Reserve period…

    Or you’re permanently fired, because trillions of dollars are missing and we want a full audit and accounting – NOW

    If not we will keep going until we have that full accounting, and with our force of arms we will continue to reign in this bill.

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  14. Wow what a joke. I really don’t know what to say about that, doesn’t suprise me of course. The fed is very powerful it will take a lot to open up its books or ask them to be up front.

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  15. i totally agree with frank collatt those senators who do not follow will be impeached if they do not listen to the voices of those within their communities.As our numbers grow we will have more of an impact on our government and all of our ” elected officials”. People need to wake up to policies constantly being passed to threaten our constitutional rights and limit our freedoms under the bill of rights.I’m excited to see what happens in months to come from the actions within the campaign.

    Fredy

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  16. This serves as a reminder of the corruption and willful fraud which runs rampant in our Government of the United States of America. Very few in Congress have the honesty, integrity, and will to be honest with the American Public thus the reason for their secrets, and deception. In 2010 the American Voter has an opportunity to change some of these elected officials. In the meantime these elected officials that refuse to follow established law, the Constitution, and Bill of Rights should be removed from office and impeached. Specifically those that refuse to support an Audit of The Federal Reserve, and the Elitist Banksters(gangsters) that have defrauded the wealth of America and her people.

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    • All this is nothing new. Woodrow Wilson explained in 1914, just after the passing of the Federal Reserve Act. “We are NO LONGER a country by the majority vote of it’s people”. We are in the control and the hands of a few dominate men (federal reserve).

      They (federal reserve) control all of this country, period!

      Until you forcefully take that power to create money out of thin air away from them, nothing will change. No legislation, No bills, No acts will do anything but create debates and diplomacy.

      They will only leave when they are forced by military or revolution.

      No revolution has ever started until the first shot is fired and the first enemy falls dead, Anything else is just as “Rothchild” himself said. “Give me the power to issue a country’s currency and I care not who makes their laws”. get it yet? Your laws, bills, legislation can not touch these people.

      Talk is bullshit, bullets stop people from taking wealth from others.

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  17. With Americans now working until July 16 to pay for the cost of government (local, state, and federal), why are so many governments broke?

    http://www.heartland.org/publications/budget%20tax/article/23882/Americans_Worked_Until_July_16_to_Pay_for_the_Cost_of_Government.html

    http://www.webofdebt.com/media/intro.php

    http://model-economy.wikispaces.com/

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  18. Here is what i just sent my senator.

    Dear Senator Klobuchar,

    I’m writing to find out your position and urge you to support (S 604). During these uncertain economic times we can no longer have the secrecy of what is being done with our tax dollars. How can sound policies be brought about when over 3 trillion dollars are missing/unaccounted for? A major hot word used throughout the “08” campaign was transparency. “The need for more transparency”. That is what (S 604) will help bring forward. As you may well know, the congress version of this bill has already received complete bi-partisan support and currently has 245 co-sponsors. Please let me know where YOU stand on this issue; not your party. Thanks and looking forward to hearing your response.

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  19. I live in Canada, and I WANT to vote for Ron Paul for President! I wish we had a politician like Mr. Paul and Mr. DeMint fighting for liberty and sound money here.

    Senator Ben Nelson is clearly corrupted by the Fed, WRITE and CALL him to express your complete disgust with his actions. THIS NEEDS TO PASS!

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  20. who didn’t see it coming. oh anticipation. we’re all just sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see the outcome. phooey. dear mr. ron paul, you’re distracting everyone from bill HR 2749. I hear you shredded your vote for the last ag bill presented. are you in with Monsanto and Cargill and etc., etc. just like the rest of your Mason buddies. you are a disgrace and fraud to America now the Untied States of America. you and your buddies plan for the socialization of America will never work. you forgot. america is not a homogeneous society. people will leave this nation in hordes, just as they are now in the U.K. people that are productive that is. no tax base left for you. better get out the whip you’ve been hiding in your closet.

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    • Do you have any idea what youre talking about! Offcourse people expected this bill to come up against strong opposition! We are talking about exposing the FED here dork! Every Ron Paul supporter knows how tough it will be to expose this level of corruption and thats why so many people are working so very hard to expose it. What has happened here is an excellent result and blocking this bill will only make more people realize how corrupt the system really is.
      By the way what has HR 2749 got to do with all of this? Where the hell do you get the idea that Ron Paul is a Socialist? From what you have written you cleary must have your wires crossed, either that or you need to go smoke another joint, slap yourself in the face ten times and then flush your head down the toilet.

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      • Even through his blind rage comes a factual point.
        Though I see the FED as the heart of the beast that should be slain, we cannot be tunnel-visioned, mesmerized by the monster.

        ‘yours truly’ need only read through this site, or go to the video section, to see all of the battles that Paul takes head-on.

        But Paul is just one man.
        Each of us must also fight on more than one front.
        If you don’t yet have a choice for a second front, we could use help on this one:
        http://www.youtube.com/v/epXNJNjYBvw&hl=en&fs=1
        http://www.youtube.com/v/rQvGBljwnSE&hl=en&fs=1

        The nationalization of farming is less than two weeks away should this legislation pass. It will take 10 day surge.
        Start spreading the news and making your voice heard in DC.

        God Save Our Republic

        p.s. As far as the FED audit goes, keep your focus on the house. JMO

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    • What do you mean he shredded his vote for the last ag bill presented ???

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    • Lindsey Brutus

      yours truly: Ron Paul a socialist? Ha! Ha! It must be April Fools day! When you clear your cobwebs come back to this site and speak with some sense! Nobody ever said this was going to be easy!

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    • I’m not an avid Ron Paul supporter, but I’m getting there. I’m more conservative than libertarian. Above all else at this moment in our nation we need to audit the Fed. This person posting as ‘yours truly’ is obviously a mental midget and unhinged to boot.

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