Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed Fails 229-198




Ron Paul’s attempt to audit the Federal Reserve, which was previously co-sponsored by 320 members of the House (HR 1207), failed by a vote of 229-198. All Republicans voted in favor of the measure with 23 Democrats crossing the aisle to vote with Republicans. 114 co-sponsors of HR 1207, all Democrats, jumped ship and voted against Audit the Fed.

The GOP had offered the Fed audit as the minority’s last chance to alter the financial regulation bill. The bill does have an watered-down audit provision in the conference report, but it is limited to loans made by the Fed during the height of the economic crisis. Ron Paul’s bill would have allowed a total examination of the Fed’s books.

How they voted

Democrats, Republicans, HR 1207 Co-Sponsors

YEA

Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Austria
Bachmann
Bachus
Barrett (SC)
Bartlett
Barton (TX)
Biggert
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehner
Bonner
Bono Mack
Boozman

Boucher
Boustany
Brady (TX)
Broun (GA)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Buchanan
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Cantor
Cao
Capito

Carney
Carter
Cassidy
Castle
Chaffetz
Childers
Coble
Coffman (CO)
Cole
Conaway
Crenshaw

Critz
Culberson
Davis (KY)
Dent
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Djou
Dreier
Duncan

Edwards (TX)
Ehlers
Emerson
Fallin
Flake
Fleming
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly

Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach

Giffords
Gingrey (GA)
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)

Grayson
Griffith
Guthrie
Hall (TX)
Harper
Hastings (WA)
Heller
Hensarling
Herger

Hodes
Hoekstra
Hunter
Inglis
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, Sam
Jones
Jordan (OH)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk

Kirkpatrick (AZ)
Kline (MN)
Kratovil
Lamborn
Lance
Latham
LaTourette
Latta
Lee (NY)
Lewis (CA)
Linder

Lipinski
LoBiondo
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Lungren, Daniel E.
Mack
Manzullo
Marchant

Markey (CO)
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McClintock
McCotter
McHenry

McIntyre
McKeon
McMorris Rodgers

McNerney
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Minnick
Mitchell
Moran (KS)
Murphy, Tim
Myrick
Neugebauer
Nunes

Nye
Olson
Paul
Paulsen
Pence

Perriello
Petri
Pitts
Platts
Poe (TX)
Posey
Price (GA)
Putnam
Radanovich
Rehberg
Reichert
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam

Ross
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Scalise
Schmidt
Schock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson

Skelton
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)

Space
Stearns
Sullivan

Teague
Terry
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi

Titus
Turner
Upton
Walden
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Wolf
Young (FL)

NAY

Ackerman
Adler (NJ)
Altmire

Andrews
Arcuri
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Barrow

Bean
Becerra
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)

Blumenauer
Boccieri
Boren
Boswell
Boyd

Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Bright
Brown, Corrine

Butterfield
Capps
Capuano
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carson (IN)
Castor (FL)
Chandler
Chu

Clarke
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Connolly (VA)
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Courtney
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Dahlkemper
Davis (AL)
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
Davis (TN)
DeFazio

DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Deutch
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Donnelly (IN)
Doyle
Driehaus
Edwards (MD)

Ellison
Ellsworth
Engel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Foster
Frank (MA)
Fudge
Garamendi

Gonzalez
Gordon (TN)
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hall (NY)
Halvorson
Hare
Harman

Hastings (FL)
Heinrich
Herseth Sandlin
Higgins
Hill

Himes
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hirono
Holden

Holt
Honda
Hoyer
Inslee
Isra-el
Jackson (IL)
Jackson Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Kagen

Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy
Kildee
Kilpatrick (MI)

Kilroy
Kind
Kissell
Klein (FL)
Kosmas
Kucinich
Langevin

Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Loebsack
Lofgren, Zoe

Lowey
Luján
Lynch
Maffei
Maloney
Markey (MA)
Marshall
Matheson
Matsui
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern

McMahon
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Melancon
Michaud
Miller (NC)

Miller, George
Mollohan
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Murphy (CT)
Murphy (NY)
Murphy, Patrick
Nadler (NY)

Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Payne
Perlmutter

Peters
Peterson
Pingree (ME)
Polis (CO)

Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Richardson
Rodriguez

Rothman (NJ)
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Salazar

Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schauer
Schiff
Schrader

Schwartz
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sestak
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Shuler

Sires
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Speier
Spratt
Stark

Stupak
Sutton
Tanner
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Tonko

Towns
Tsongas
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walz

Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Welch

Wilson (OH)
Wu
Yarmuth

Not Voting

Bishop (UT)
Taylor
Wamp
Woolsey
Young (AK)



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  1. "principle" does not mean inability to compromise.

    the founding fathers who framed the consitution: did they not stand on principle?

    would we need a three-branch, co-equal, nine-member supreme court if 'principle' meant the inability to compromise?

    it's the your-view-only-counts-if-it's-the-same-as-mine mindset that's the problem.

    on the 18th amendment: listening to what the talking heads and politicians say every day, we might think about going back to it...

    i am all for auditing the fed. i doubt i'll believe what they find, but they certainly should be given a once-over.

    but i'm as principled as anyone. i just recognize that other's have priniciples, too, and i learned as a child that i don't always have to get my way.

    (actually, i really never learned that... but i try to practice it here and there...)

    -mr

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  2. My Representative Martin Henrich signed on as a co-sponsor of 1207. My guess is that he saw that a majority of House members were on board and didn't want to have voters in New Mexico's 1st cong. district confront him with the question of "why didn't you co-sponsor 1207?"

    When push came to shove he caved and voted "NAY"

    Heinrich showed his "progressive" colors. That color is yellow and it isn't progressive at all but regressive.

    In case any of you live in New Mexico this is Heinrich's contact info:
    http://heinrich.house.gov/

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  3. my cynical view (and it's gotten extremely cynical, though i continue to support our president) is that this is a smoke and mirrors vote. i believe a lot of times there are backroom deals to get the result everyone wants and allow each side to do a little posturing in the process. if not that, then i'm convinced the republicans knew it was going to fail, and that they used the opp'y to appear to support something anti-business when in fact they remain addicted to big banks and big business.

    i don't know that we'll ever audit the fed. i don't know that the results of an audit would be believable anyway. i know without a doubt that there is not a chance in hell that an amendment can be added to or removed from the constitution in the political climate we're in.

    i finished 'end the fed' last week - obviously a well thought-out, well-written book. i downloaded 'what has the government done to our money' from mises this past week - it, too, seems to be common sense.

    but to really think that one party wants to have the ability to control money and the other doesn't is naive beyond belief. tea partiers, in my cynical view, are being played by the republicans to stay 'agitated' and help achieve victory in the fall. but then what ... nothing major is going to happen that affects the control the big banks have on our government.

    not sure if there is an answer.

    i think we have to get out of these 'major fixes' that try to turn the titanic 90 or 180 degrees. if there is a gradual way to move back to meaningful money, we should pursue it. if it's a wholesale change-everything approach, forget it. if people continue the arrogance of believing they 'stand on principle', and are unwilling to find a compromise, we'll remain stuck forever. it's like nose-spray: if you use it, you're only guaranteeing that your body raises the production of agents that will ensure your congestion is worse when the nose spray wears off. ie, you let one side own the show for awhile, you only ensure that the people on the other side will rise up and wind up trying to own it again the next go-round (we saw it in 2008, we may see it in 2010/12). and we are no better off with either solution.

    simply put, i don't think the people in congress are smart enough to address the problems facing the country and the world today.

    but i do like scott brown - if the tea party is suckered into supporting people like him, i'm all for their candidates in the fall.

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    • I find it interesting that you use the words principle and compromise as if you can maintain your principles and yet still have compromise. This is where I get completely confused by our current political climate. We should be able to have meaningful debate and reach consensus even it is in the end, that we agree to disagree. All the while maintaining our principles.

      The auditing of the Fed for me is a matter of principle. Just as a balanced budget is. The problem we have in American today is that we fail to maintain our principles if we have any at all. Everything has been diminished to relativism and our it is our principles that we have sacrificed in the process.

      The simple question is why would everyone not vote in this time of financial uncertainty to "audit" the Fed. How can this be a bad thing? Or maybe it is so bad that we shouldn't know the truth. Transparency, oh what a cloudy picture.

      Either way, the auditing of the Fed is a matter of principle!

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    • Spud, I couldn't have said it better myself. Finally, there is someone out there that isn't falling for this left/right nonsense.
      My first thought was that the Republicans only voted for this to look good to their constituents, all the while knowing that this bill was going to fail. These pompous, out-of-touch deceivers would never give the "people" power over their own money, much less allow them to know where it is being spent.

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  4. Dan Richardson

    Along with the AUDIT the FED we need to recind the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution.

    The 18th Amendment has been the biggest bon-doggle ever!

    In a republic, which we have, the elected representatives ( House & and; Senators) are to represent a specific entity (the people of the congressional district through apportionment {the purpose of the census} by the Congressman and the State {a political subdivision} by the two Senators.

    As initially set out in the constitution each state would be represented in the "upper house" (senate) by two senators from each state, appointed by the state legislature (not directly elected by the people but indirectly by the people through their elected representatives, state senators and state house representatives.

    This method of chosing the US Senators was "close to home".

    This also allowed what is known as "Recall"! The state legislature could in effect remove a senator. Call him home and replace with another that would vote / represent the state's interest.

    We need to get back to the basics of representative government.

    Save our republic!

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    • Are you sure you mean the 18th ammendment? I thought that was the prohibition ammendment and that it was already recinded?

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    • In my "Posted Comment" on July 3rd I made the mistake of using the "18th" It should have been the "17th" Amendment instead. I was simply using the keyboard in a hurried time of "editing" my comments and over looked this portion.

      Please forgive!

      Save our Republic,

      DanR

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  5. What a cowardly bunch of scumbags these naysayers are! Well that's fine, because now your NO vote is on record and this will make your fall from power even faster and harder than before. You showed the American people EXACTLY where you stand and that's standing in s%*t! This isn't over scumbags, not by a damn sight! This bill will be back again and again and again until you can't fight it off any more, so sleep lightly because your going to see the people you screwed over in your dreams.

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  6. Vote all these dummies out of office!!! Get rid of the Fed and start printing our own
    money, instead of paying the Fed for doing it. If we don't get rid of them we are doomed!!!

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  7. Guys and Gals,

    Unfortunately as much as I would love for the FED to be ENDED, the truth of the matter is that the FED RES machine is hard at work enslaving every man woman and child in the world, and it really doesn't matter how anybody votes. At least not since we were sold back into slavery by our own president Woodrow Wilson.

    Since then it has been a Trifecta effort between the Federal Reserve (Banks), Corporations, and Politicians...in essence their own little Tri lateral commission et al.

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  8. Since my comment was removed(withing an hour of posting) for some strange reason(after multiple thumbs up).. I'll say this again..
    There is no need in auditing the fed.. Ending the Fed, Yes! Auditing would be a joke and not done properly(we all KNOW that).

    The Fed Res is illegal. The money is counterfeit. The money is worthless.. Not backed by gold or anything except illusion..

    ITS TIME WE TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK! It's open fire season on treasonous scum! What are you waiting for, an invitation? They've given us many. They're taunting us. Martial law is inevitable, if it's not then we cave without a fight. The longer you wait, the worse it's going to get! BTW- Voting is not fighting. Especially when they count the votes(doesn't matter-they don't listen anyway.. )If you people don't WAKE UP and fight now, then your children are done for.. and so are you.. and so is America... The longer you wait to take action or for the 'television' to tell you what to do.. the more your ensuring the fate of you, yours.. and of this great country.
    Unfortunately, I can't find a person here that will stand up with me and fight! Bunch of whining cowards we seem to be.. All talk, no action. Well, these turncoat evil doers are plenty action.. While you all sit back and watch American Idol.. bitching between commercial possibly.. not-doing a-dam-thing-PERIOD!

    I wish I knew other people with balls.. excuse me. People that actually act like they have them , I should say.. Lots claim.. Then nobody steps up. Hmm.. It's scary how accepting Americans are being of our Constitution being shredded/violated... THE CONSTITUTION WILL NOT ENFORCE ITSELF!

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  9. Sadly the corruption is entrenched and the Progressives have the purse strings for now.

    The FED is the Progressive's power source, their political slush fund, and they intend to use that power starting Oct 2010 through the 2012 elections.

    The Progressives will flood the Country with billions of counterfeit dollars to BUY the Elections to keep them in power. 58% of the TARP money remains unspent and they intend to use it for every political advantage to Buy the Votes.

    The Financial Reform Bill is sham legislation to maintain the vale of secrecy of the FED, Fanny and Freddy. All three GSE's are now rooks to keep Corruption in Power.

    Remember, "In God We Trust"
    This is a battle for the minds and souls of our nation, pray and vote and pray some more.

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  10. These bunch of horse dung that voted against the American people need to be taken out and beat.

    THIS IS A CRIME against all of us!

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  11. SAD, MOST SAD.
    In the end, all fiat currencies fail. This will fail very badly because of size.
    Our Government is the biggest debtor, ever, in the entire history of the world.
    This could not happen without a government approved private central bank that
    issues fiat currency and sells the government debt put on us by our representatives.

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  12. They would have to shut down the Federal Reserve if they ever ran a complete audit on them. That would be just fine with me. Lets get back on the gold standard and place the Money making business back in the hands of the government with NO USERY. We can then afford to build the scaffolds to hang the owners of the Federal Reserve and those in office protecting them, for treasonous acts against the People/Nation financialy. Just getting them out of office with their ill gotten gains is not justice.

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  13. Ever year i become more ashamed as Congress continues to hand civil liberties to crooks and psychopathic corporations, and pull them away form the civil people. This cant continue, it will only end up in the suffering of the many... Just look at the gulf... SCREW OBAMA, that trader im voting for someones else next term, and SCREW HALF OF CONGRESS i plan on paying close attention to who is voting for civil liberties for the people and against corrupted corporations. , and the rats are not gettign my vote. Freedom is Personal responsibility, and i plan on making the people around me know who "Smiley Glad Hand" is with his hidden agendas.

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  14. How in the world does Kucinich vote Nay on it? He's given speeches about the Fed.

    Somebody must've really got to him after he held out on Health Care reform. That's the only way he can justify it without seeming like he sold out as well. They must've threatened his wife, or something like that.

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  15. Its clear to see who the progressives are now.. time for them to go..

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  16. Isn't Alan Grayson a Democrat?

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  17. This will be on the table again in 2011, when the House majority is Republican, and many new members are liberty-minded.

    How despicable that so many are corrupt.
    There is no reason not to support a full audit if you are for the people. This is what the people want, not some watered-down one-time examination of only a small portion of history. That isn't a fair view of the effectiveness of the Federal Reserve. How can we hope to truly evaluate them if we only have one tiny segment of history to fully know, and the rest remains ambiguous?
    These politicians clearly do not think like the people, but as politicians, speaking on behalf not of their constituents, but their private interest campaign investors.

    I hope the voters wake up and get rid of the democrat incumbents, and those republicans who are not for personal liberty, in November, because it's necessary to minimize the impending depression.

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  18. Vote everybody who said no out now those damn sleesy scumbags who voted people like that in? Are people that stupid

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  19. Wait, the story IS : How did 120 DEM co-sponsors "desert the ship" and sink IT? Which were the RATS among them (I smell Emanuel!)?

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  20. Thanks for presenting us the voting tallies for those who support auditing the fed and those who don't. Those who don't are a bunch of foxes guarding the hen house. Those Democrats who voted with you and all of the other Republicans did the right thing! I say throw the bums out who voted against auditing the Fed!

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