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S 202 - Audit the Fed: 37 Co-sponsors

Updated on December 29, 2012
On record so far at www.thomas.gov

Title: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011

Sponsor: Sen Paul, Rand [KY] (introduced 1/26/2011)
Cosponsors: (37)
Latest Major Action: 1/26/2011 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Sen DeMint, Jim [SC] - 1/26/2011
Sen Vitter, David [LA] - 1/26/2011
Sen Lee, Mike [UT] - 3/1/2011
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] - 5/24/2011
Sen Boozman, John [AR] - 5/24/2011
Sen Heller, Dean [NV] - 6/22/2011
Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] - 7/25/2011
Sen Crapo, Mike [ID] - 9/6/2011
Sen Risch, James E. [ID] - 10/6/2011
Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] - 10/6/2011
Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] - 10/6/2011
Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] - 10/6/2011
Sen Barrasso, John [WY] - 10/6/2011
Sen Burr, Richard [NC] - 10/6/2011
Sen Thune, John [SD] - 10/6/2011
Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] - 10/6/2011
Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS] - 10/6/2011
Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 10/31/2011
Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] - 10/31/2011
Sen Cornyn, John [TX] - 3/28/2012
Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] - 7/17/2012
Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] - 7/23/2012
Sen Cochran, Thad [MS] - 7/25/2012
Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] - 7/31/2012
Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] - 8/1/2012
Sen Shelby, Richard C. [AL] - 8/2/2012
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] - 8/2/2012
Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] - 9/10/2012
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA] - 9/10/2012
Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] - 9/10/2012
Sen Begich, Mark [AK] - 9/12/2012
Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] - 9/12/2012
Sen Sessions, Jeff [AL] - 9/19/2012
Sen Brown, Scott P. [MA] - 9/19/2012
Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] - 11/13/2012
Sen Portman, Rob [OH] - 11/13/2012
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] - 11/13/2012

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I can't help but notice...

This list clearly shows there is a strong Mormon streak on board for an audit of the Federal Reserve : )

Great point!

Lets get that in front of Mitt Romney and Senator Harry Reid's people as well as Mormons in states where one or more of their Senators haven't co-sponsored!

19 Senators Who Haven't Sponsored but Running for Re-election

Sen. Feinstein Dianne CA D
Sen. Carper Thomas R. DE D
Sen. Nelson Bill FL D
Sen. Cardin Benjamin L. MD D
Sen. Stabenow Debbie MI D
Sen. Klobuchar Amy MN D
Sen. McCaskill Claire MO D
Sen. Tester Jon MT D
Sen. Menendez Robert NJ D
Sen. Gillibrand Kirsten E. NY D
Sen. Brown Sherrod OH D
Sen. Casey Robert P., Jr. PA D
Sen. Whitehouse Sheldon RI D
Sen. Cantwell Maria WA D
Sen. Manchin Joe, III WV D
Sen. Sanders Bernard VT I
Sen. Kyl Jon AZ R
Sen. Brown Scott P. MA R
Sen. Corker Bob TN R

Jon Tester (D-MT)

Is also on the committee (Banking and Urban Affairs) that the bill has to
clear before there is any chance of a full Senate vote).

Democratic co-sponsors are needed, but particularly ones on
that committee. Tester and Merkley seem like good prospects
and should be contacted!

FWIW, Tester's main opponent, Denny Rehburg voted for
the House bill. Unfortunately, both of them voted for NDAA:(

Good Points! Also I believe Menendez

is also on the banking committee. We have to get tons of people contacting Menendez!

5 Republicans who haven't sponsored but other state senator did

Sen. Sessions Jeff AL
Sen. Kyl Jon AZ
Sen. Isakson Johnny GA
Sen. McConnell Mitch KY
Sen. Hutchison Kay Bailey TX

10 Democrats who haven't sponsored but other state senator did

Sen. Begich Mark AK
Sen. Pryor Mark L. AR
Sen. Nelson Bill FL
Sen. Harkin Tom IA
Sen. Durbin Richard J. IL
Sen. Landrieu Mary L. LA
Sen. McCaskill Claire MO
Sen. Hagan Kay R. NC
Sen. Reid Harry NV
Sen. Johnson Tim SD

Response from Committee Member Sen. Merkley

Hi, all -

Just a reminder that it's about time to get back to work on
Audit the Fed - and that it's way unlikely to get off the
ground on the Senate side without at least one and preferably
more Democrats on the Banking and Urban Affairs Committee

I'm still waiting for a response from Ron Wyden (D-OR) who
is not on the committee, but did get the following from Oregon's
junior Democratic Senator, Jeff Merkley who *is* on the committee.

Merkley's response is below - not committing, but not bad
considering - Oregonians in particular, please call and mail
his office! Plus, there must be at least some other Democratic
prsopects on the committee (Jon Tester? Kay Hagan?) let's be
ready to roll when the DNC circus is done and Congress reconvenes!

Dear xxxxxx,

Thank you for contacting me with your support for improving transparency at the Federal Reserve through more effective congressional oversight. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.

Like you, I believe that there has been a lack of transparency at the Federal Reserve, and I have been deeply troubled by the secrecy regarding the extraordinary actions the Federal Reserve took to stabilize our financial system. For this reason, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and I introduced legislation requiring a full audit of all emergency lending. That bill was ultimately included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. I was also pleased to co-sponsor the other provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that increased transparency and oversight at the Federal Reserve, in particular the amendment offered by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that led to the first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve ever undertaken.

Transparency and accountability are fundamental to representative government, and I believe the provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act go a long way toward bringing the Federal Reserve into line with these principles without undermining the central bank's traditional independence in monetary policy. Of course, continuing oversight will be essential, and I am looking closely at further proposals to shed more light on the Federal Reserve's activities, including the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011 (S.202).

Please know that I will keep pushing for strong reform of our central bank to ensure that it uses its resources for the benefit of Main Street, not Wall Street.

Thank you, again, for your input. I hope you will continue to send me your views and ideas.

All my best,

Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator

Since all bills of revenue

Since all bills of revenue have to originate in the house, I'm not sure why an audit bill needs the senate to pass as a law.

Put it in all bills of revenue that originate in the house since an audit is the proper function of that, and the senate will have to sign on to it.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Who To Target for Sponsorship?

First off, we're at 28 Senators - 1 (Sen. Rand Paul) + 27 more. Did some analysis - None of the 51 Democratic Senators have sponsored it. Both independents haven't either - c'mon Bernie Sanders! That leaves 19 Republican senators. So the question is, who should we focus on? The remaining Republicans? More questions to come...

The 19 Republican Senators Yet to Sponsor S. 202

Sen. Sessions Jeff AL
Sen. Kyl Jon AZ
Sen. Isakson Johnny GA
Sen. Coats Daniel IN
Sen. Lugar Richard G. IN
Sen. Moran Jerry KS
Sen. Roberts Pat KS
Sen. McConnell Mitch KY
Sen. Brown Scott P. MA
Sen. Collins Susan M. ME
Sen. Snowe Olympia J. ME
Sen. Hoeven John ND
Sen. Johanns Mike NE
Sen. Ayotte Kelly NH
Sen. Portman Rob OH
Sen. Alexander Lamar TN
Sen. Corker Bob TN
Sen. Hutchison Kay Bailey TX
Sen. Johnson Ron WI

Don't think I posted this before

You're right about needing Democrats

As for Committee members, I think Jeff Merkley (OR) and Jon Tester (MT)
should be good prospects. Don't know much about the other Dem members
(except for Schumer being a neocon tool..)


Has anyone else from Florida sent letters or emails to Sen. Nelson or Sen. Rubio? Curious to know.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

Does anyone know why...


That is because ...

he is the sponsor and not a co-sponsor.



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Its a start.

I see even that no-good milk-toast NDAA warmongering sonofabiyatch neocon "Shut up, you don't GIT a lawyah" Lindsey Graham has signed on as a co-sponsor as of July 17.

Hey...we'll take the support where we can get it.

We can force a majority vote out of the Senate...we just have to apply the pressure!

And when toads like Lindsay Graham start signing on, you know that it is politically expedient for others to do the same.

Audit the Fed.

This is the end, of the beginning.

Great things are ahead.

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

The TOAD Lindsey Graham

I think "The Toad" just put his name on this bill because he thinks it won't go to a vote!!! Him, Insane McCain and Lieberman......The Three Amigos.......have got to go away!!


They have to go

2 Chron 7:13-14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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How to wirte a letter to a hypocryte - Harry Reid

Everyone send a letter to their Senator - Don't be like Harry Reid.


The Honorable Harry Reid
United States Senate
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2803

Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse
Suite 902
400 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89501-2193

Lloyd George Building, Suite 8016
333 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89101

RE: HR 459 Audit the Fed Bill

Dear Senator Reid,

Over the years I have marveled at your skill to navigate through your life with conviction and purpose. Your background in reaching a perceived level of excellence as a statesman is extraordinary, and I was impressed with your charisma when you met with Sarah Palin in Searchlight a few years ago.

Since you came to the Senate in 1986, you built a strong record of accomplishments for the people of Nevada and the nation. As Majority Leader, you leveraged your position every day to ensure Nevada’s voice is always heard and its needs are met. From cutting taxes for Nevada’s working families, helping to keep Nevadans in their homes, creating jobs by investing in Nevada's clean energy industry, killing the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, and passing landmark health insurance reform legislation to help cover more than 600,000 uninsured Nevadans. You certainly have been an impressive Mormon.

You were elected Senate Majority Leader for the 112th Congress (2011-2012), a position held and decisions you make commands influence over all Americans. Recently you have taken all of us to its core understanding of the will of the people. There exist well over 240 Million represented Americans who voiced their demand to audit the Fed. Within minutes, you made a decision contrary to your oath and totally insulted your God and country and the Constitutional demand of your allegiance to ”We The People”.

In the twilight of your career and after all those years of hard work in government service, it is disappointing to find your legacy in purpose as a United States Senator has all along been hypocritical.


An American

CC: All Major and Alternative News Media


Keep up the pressure

and encourage your friends to do the same. We are getting there!!

Though not always updated(still does not show Pat Toomey as a co-sponsor), once they fill out the Petition form they will be directed to a page where they can contact their Senators with form letters already written for them. The less work that they have to do, the more likely they are to do something.


This is not a Republican or Democratic party issue...this is an issue that should concern ALL Americans!

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Thanks for the link. I just

Thanks for the link. I just sent Casey an email.

Really at this stage, we must abolish it...

But we need the Audit to arouse enough of the public to flat demand the Federal Reserve be abolished and from there finish the job.

Just like Ron Paul says,

competing currencies will allow the Federal Reserve and its fiat currency to phase itself out over time when real currencies are available.

Like you stated, the audit is just an important step to get to that point.


What are typical numbers of cosponsors? Is 27 a lot? What are the highest cosponsored bills that didn't pass? I think some context is in order here.

Lets push it to 60. It's time to get these traitors out of here.

Especially after seeing the evidence of missing gold, has anyone been keeping up to date....


Push it to 60 senators, the Fed's idle threats will get more and more comical as they lose face.

we need 24 more!!! we're over

we need 24 more!!! we're over half way there :)

We're up to 27 cosponsors

Please contact your two Senators.

You can find contact info here:

All it takes is a two minute phone call to urge them to cosponsor S. 202.