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Transparency and Accountability Update

On June 30th, I posted about the new bill authored by Representative Ron Paul (R-Tex) in the House, H.R. 1207, and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) in the Senate, S. 604. Well, in usual fashion, Senate Democrats have blocked passage of this legislation.

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) attached the full text of S. 604 to H.R. 2918, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act. This $3.1 billion bill contains provisions for GAO audits on certain agencies. DeMint added S. 604 as an amendment before H.R. 2918 was considered for final passage.

Unfortunately, Senate Democrats refused to even allow a vote on the amendment. Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb) raised a point of order to deny the vote on grounds that it violated Senate rule 16 by legislating on an appropriations bill. The Senate president agreed and the amendment was struck down. DeMint challenged the decision by pointing out that other GAO audits were included in the bill already. The Senate president was forced to agree that those audits also violated rule 16 but were left in for final passage anyway.

Please consider contacting your Senators and Representatives and also signing a petition to audit the Federal Reserve.


3 Responses

  1. I’m all for more accountability and it’s sad that each in-power power uses their power to extend their own power and to hide behind lock and key whatever they want. Bush and the early 21st Century Republicans were notorious for this. Liberals were fools to think that Obama and the Dems would be any different. Power collects power–true across time and space.

  2. Couldn’t have said it better myself…and probably didn’t. đŸ˜€

  3. […] Please read my other posts on this topic: No Transparency About Transparency, The Rush-It Through Approach, Transparency and Accountability ,”Transparency and Accountability” Update […]

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