Ron Paul’s Federal Reserve audit approved by House committee

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In a practically unanimous voice vote on Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee authorized a bill that would require the U.S. Federal Reserve to conduct a first-ever full audit of its books and divulge particulars about its monetary policy discussions. The bill is expected to be taken up by the full House of Representatives sometime subsequent month.

Paul, a longtime critic of the Fed and fiat currencies in general, had previously supported an audit that became part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

That audit required the Fed to disclose its lending practices during the 2008 financial crisis, revealing that the bank doled out more than $16 trillion in loans and assets swaps to financial institutions all over the world in an effort to stabilize global markets and keep credit flowing.

Paul, however, felt that the audit which ultimate cleared the U.S. Senate was a stripped down version of what he believes is needed, and most of his colleagues now agree. His bill has garnered an impressive bipartisan coalition of more than 257 co-sponsors — more than half the House — giving it enough votes to pass ( via ).

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