Quote of the Day: "Economists used to worry about government using up the nation's savings. But now Americans have no more savings to use. Still, the nation that can't save a dime sets out to save the entire planet." -- Bill Bonner and Addison Wiggin, Empire of Debt, pg 35.
Subject: Another success milestone for Audit the Fed
DC Downsizers have joined with many thousands of Americans to ask members of Congress to co-sponsor Ron Paul's Audit the Fed bill. Your pressure worked! The legislation now has 27 co-sponsors in the Senate and 290 in the House (that's 2/3rds of the House!).
That should have been enough to spark committee hearings, and perhaps even an expedited vote, but Congressional leaders didn't want either thing to happen, so . . .
In early August we asked DC Downsizers to call the House Finance Committee Chair, Barney Frank (D-MA), and its Ranking Member, Spencer Bachus (R-AL) to ask for hearings on the Audit the Fed bill. Many of you did that, and guess what?
The House Finance Committee will hold hearings on the Audit the Fed bill this Friday at 9AM. You'll be able to monitor the proceedings here.
Once we know what happens at these hearings we can decide what to do next. Meanwhile . . .
President Obama is seeking expanded regulatory power for the Fed.
This must not be permitted.
It's bad enough when Congress allows the Executive Branch bureaucracy to write regulations that have the force of law, but at least we can hold both the President and the Congress accountable for what the bureaucracy does. However . . .
The Fed is an independent institution accountable to no one. In fact, without an audit, we're not even allowed to know what the Fed is doing with many of the powers and resources it already has.
* Let's use our "Tell Congress to Cut Red Tape" campaign to fight expanded regulatory powers for the Fed.
* Send a letter to Congress using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.
* Use your personal comments to say you oppose President Obama's plan to give the Federal Reserve expanded regulatory powers.
* You can send your letter here.
Congratulations. Your pressure keeps working, so keep doing it!
Thanks for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army. To see how fast your Army is growing please check out the Keeping Score report below my signature.
Jim Babka, President
KEEPING SCORE REPORT
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