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Action Plan to Get Audit the Fed Passed in the Senate!

As we all know, the House passed Ron Paul’s audit the Fed bill today (HR 459) with overwhelming bipartisan support. The next move for an actual audit of the Fed is to get the Senate to bring the legislation to an actual vote on the Senate floor, and then to in turn vote in favor of the bill. This will be a very tough step since most Democratic Senators seem to be opposed to this legislation, and since it’s unlikely Senator Reid will be in favor of brining the legislation to a vote. In order to make this happen, we cannot sit by and do nothing. We need to work together, and in a strategic manner, in order to get the Senate to vote in favor of audit the Fed. We must show the members of the US Senate that the people demand an audit, and the only way this can be done is if we show up in forces to let them know. Below is an action plan I have thought up and propose we all work together on to assure this bill passes the Senate. Please leave any recommendations you may have on how this can be better improved and executed.


As previously stated, getting the Senate to vote in favor of auditing the Fed will be tough, since most Democratic Senators seem to have no interest in the legislation. It is important we focus on both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate, but it is essential we start off by targeting Democrats, since this bill seems to already have quite a bit of support from the Republican side of the isle. The best way I believe we can start getting Democrats behind this bill is by targeting those who are up for reelection in 2012. Below is a list of Democrats who are up for reelection in 2012, and those who are also retiring and no longer have to please PACs and lobbyists for their reelection efforts. I propose we do the following in order to show these Senators we are serious and demand they vote of auditing the Fed.

1. Organize events through Meetup.com groups in big cities where these Senators have state offices to show up in groups to the Senators’ offices and let them know their constituents and the American people audit the Federal Reserve. (I have already proposed this through the Meetup.com group where I currently live in SF to show up to Sen. Feinstein’s SF office and let her know we want an audit).
2. If you are a constituent of a Senator who is up for reelection and live too far away from one of their state offices to show up in person, call/email/fax their state AND DC offices to let them know the people want an audit.
3. If you live in the state of any of these Senators (or even if you don’t), write letters to the editor to your local newspapers and other media outlets as to why it is important to audit the Fed, and why your Senator should get behind the bill.
4. If you do not live in the state of any of the following Senators, please do the same thing I recommend in #2 above! Anyone can send an email or call their offices.
5. Keep contacting Senator Reid as mentioned in other threads and demand he bring the audit bill to a vote on the floor.
6. If you live in Nevada, follow the process I mentioned in #1 above. Get in contact with your local meetup groups and show up to his state offices demanding he bring the bill to a floor vote. (Update - I used to live in Reno and am part of the Reno Ron Paul meetup. I contacted the groups leaders and ask they schedule an event to go to Reid's Reno office)


This will not be an easy process, and it will take collaboration between us all. Use the internet to get in contact with your local Ron Paul, Tea Party and even occupy groups to join in contacting these Senators.


Democratic Senators Up for Reelection in 2012
California - Dianne Feinstein -http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/
Deleware – Tom Carper - http://www.carper.senate.gov/public/
Florida – Bill Nelson - http://billnelson.senate.gov/
Maryland – Ben Cardin - http://www.cardin.senate.gov/
Michigan – Debbie Stabenow - http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/
Minnesota – Amy Klobuchar - http://klobuchar.senate.gov/
Missouri – Clarie McCaskill - http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/
Montana – John Tester - http://www.tester.senate.gov/
New Jersey – Bob Menendez - http://www.menendez.senate.gov/
New York – Kristen Gillibrand - http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/
Ohio – Sharrod Brown - http://www.brown.senate.gov/
Pennsylvania – Bob Casey Jr. - http://www.casey.senate.gov/
Rhode Island – Sheldon Whitehouse - http://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/
Washington – Maria Cantwell - http://www.cantwell.senate.gov/public/
West Virginia – Joe Manchin - http://www.manchin.senate.gov/public/


Democratic Senators Retiring in 2012
Connecticut – Joe Lieberman - http://www.lieberman.senate.gov/
Hawaii – Daniel Akaka - http://www.akaka.senate.gov/
Nebraska – Ben Nelson - http://www.bennelson.senate.gov/
New Mexico – Jeff Bingaman - http://www.bingaman.senate.gov/
North Dakota – Kent Conrad - http://www.conrad.senate.gov/
Virginia – Jim Webb- http://www.webb.senate.gov/
Wisconsin – Herb Kohl - http://www.kohl.senate.gov/



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S 202 - before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affa

Hey, folks -

Although there are 23 co-sponsors in the senate for Audit the Fed (S 202),
unless I'm missing something there are *no* Democrat co-sponsors so far.

The Senate was bound to be tougher than the House anyway, but I believe
there is little to no chance of getting it to a vote if there's no pressure from
some Democratic members to do so. (Not that we can or should ignore the
Republican, of course)

The bill has to clear the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
first - here's a list of the members:

Democratic Members:

Johnson, Tim (SD) , Chairman (come on South Dakotans!)
Reed, Jack (RI)
Schumer, Charles E. (NY) (neocon tool, oh, well..)
Menendez, Robert (NJ)
Akaka, Daniel K. (HI)
Brown, Sherrod (OH)
Tester, Jon (MT) (his opponent in Nov. already voted for this on the House side go Montana!)
Kohl, Herb (WI)
Warner, Mark R. (VA)
Merkley, Jeff (OR) (good on civil liberties - good prospect - come on Oregonians!)
Bennet, Michael F. (CO)
Hagan, Kay R. (NC)

Republican Members

Shelby, Richard C. (AL), Ranking Member
Crapo, Mike (ID)
Corker, Bob (TN)
DeMint, Jim (SC)
Vitter, David (LA)
Johanns, Mike (NE)
Toomey, Patrick J. (PA)
Kirk, Mark (IL)
Moran, Jerry (KS)
Wicker, Roger F. (MS)

My letter to Ron Wyden - We need Dem co-sponsors!

Oregon's Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are both Democrats, they've
been pretty good on civil liberties type issues, not sure what they'll do on this.

Checking the thomas.gov site, we're up to 23 co-sponsors now,
but I didn't see a single Democrat on there and that's really not good.
There have to be a few that will step up if there's enough pressure
on them to do so.

Anyhow, here's my letter to Wyden, will send a slightly different one to Merkley:

Dear Senator Wyden,

As a long time constituent (currently residing abroad - Japan),
I appreciate your efforts on behalf of civil liberties and transparency
in government, such as your attempts to have the government reveal
its legal interpretation of its powers under the PATRIOT Act and the true
content of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

I am hoping that you will now extend your efforts to support for S. 202
(Federal Reserve Transparency Act).

At a time when bipartisan cooperation is supposedly dead, the companion bill on the House side
(HR 459) has now passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support, including that of half of Oregon's Democratic Representatives.

Although many Democrats in the House recognize that it is of critical importance to have more comprehensive knowledge of the Fed's activities as it nears the expiration of its charter (and as it has morphed into the majority buyer of Federal debt), such support has been slow to manifest on the Senate side.

Therefore, I urge you to continue to exercise leadership by not only supporting this bill, but also by becoming a co-sponsor and doing what you can to see that S. 202 is brought to a vote in this session.

Sincerely Yours,

@@@@@@

Just sent emails my two NJ Senators

Menendez and Lautenberg about the Fed bill. Let's see if I get any replies.

E-Mail All Senators

I am currently in the process of E-Mailing every U.S. Senator asking for them to support the H.R.459 Bill and to pressure Harry Reid to have the bill be put to a vote. I am using the same message for each senator. The message is as follows:

Dear (fill in the blank),

I write today as a concerned citizen of these United States. The H.R.459 bill, also known as the "Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012", will be moving to the senate soon. It is in the best interest of all people that, we who are directly affected by the Federal Reserves practices of adjusting interest rates and lending money, we know what the Federal Reserve is "actually" doing. This bill is in no way monetary reform, although I do believe it eventually necessary. This bill is simply a glimpse into the financial practices of the Federal Reserve, not a bill to change how they conduct their business or any other false narrative. Please support this bill when it reaches the senate and let Harry Reid know that We The People demand to be heard.

Sincerely,
Victor Escobar

I have a more personal letter for the senators of my state, but something like this should work for senators in other states.

here are links to every senators "contact me" page.

Richard Shelby - Alabama
Jeff Sessions - Alabama

Lisa Murkowski - Alaska
Mark Begich - Alaska

John McCain - Arizona
Jon Kyl - Arizona

Mark Pryor - Arkansas
John Boozman - Arkansas

Dianne Feinstein - California
Barbara Boxer - California

Mark Udall - Colorado
Michael Bennet - Colorado

Joseph Lieberman - Connecticut
Richard Blumenthal - Connecticut (only recieves e-mails from constituants)

Tom Carper - Delaware
Chris Coons - Delaware

Bill Nelson - Florida
Marco Rubio - Florida

Saxby Chambliss - Georgia
Johnny Isakson - Georgia

Daniel Inouye - Hawaii
Daniel Akaka - Hawaii

Mike Crapo - Idaho
James Risch - Idaho

Dick Durban - Illinois
Mark Kirk - Illinois

Richard Lugar - Indiana
Dan Coats - Indiana

Chuck Grassley - Iowa
Tom Harkin - Iowa

Pat Roberts - Kansas
Jerry Moran - Kansas

Mitch McConnell - Kentucky
Rand Paul - Kentucky

Mary Landrieu - Louisiana
David Vitter - Louisiana

Olympia Snowe - Maine
Susan Collins - Maine

Barbara Mikulski - Maryland
Ben Cardin - Maryland

John Kerry - Massachusetts
Scott Brown - Massachusetts

Carl Levin - Michigan
Debbie Stabenow - Michigan

Amy Klobuchar - Minnesota
Al Franken - Minnesota

Thad Cochran - Mississippi
Roger Wicker - Mississippi

Claire McCaskill - Missouri
Roy Blunt - Missouri

Max Baucus - Montana
Jon Tester - Montana

Ben Nelson - Nebraska
Mike Johanns - Nebraska

Harry Reid - Nevada
Dean Heller - Nevada

Jeanne Shaheen - New Hampshire
Kelly Ayotte - New Hampshire

Frank Lautenberg - New Jersey
Robert Menendez - New Jersey

Jeff Bingaman - New Mexico (E-mail link does not work)
Tom Udall - New Mexico

Charles Schumer - New York
Kirsten Gillibrand - New York

Richard Burr - North Carolina
Kay Hagan - North Carolina

Kent Conrad - North Dakota
John Hoeven - North Dakota

Sherrod Brown - Ohio
Rob Portman - Ohio

James Inhofe - Oklahoma
Tom Coburn - Oklahoma

Ron Wyden - Oregon
Jeff Merkley - Oregon

Robert Casey, Jr. - Pennsylvania
Pat Toomey - Pennsylvania

Jack Reed - Rhode Island
Sheldon Whitehouse - Rhode Island

Lindsey Graham - South Carolina
Jim DeMint - South Carolina

Tim Johnson - South Dakota
John Thune - South Dakota

Lamar Alexander - Tennessee
Bob Corker - Tennessee

Kay Bailey Hutchinson - Texas
John Cornyn - Texas

Orrin Hatch - Utah
Mike Lee - Utah

Patrick Leahy - Vermont
Bernie Sanders - Vermont

Jim Webb - Virginia
Mark Warner - Virginia

Patty Murray - Washington
Maria Cantwell - Washington

Jay Rockefeller - West Virginia
Joe Manchin - West Virginia

Herb Kohl - Wisconson
Ron Johnson - Wisconson

Mike Enzi - Wyoming
John Barrasso - Wyoming

I agree with LibertyMike that we all have to flood these senators with E-mails and calls. This is our moment.

Sincerely,
Victor Es

*also if you use Google Chrome, it has an auto-fill for all of your info that saves a LOT of time.

Great! But you

might want to use the Senate bill number when mailing to Senators - it's S. 202

Thanks

Thanks for that.

In Favor of getting rid of.

California - Dianne Feinstein -http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/
She has been in office to long and is worthless. Her stance on Rudy Ridge was a big one for me. Plus she can have a CC but hell if she wants anyone else to have one. (a real pig) She has made sure her husband gets some of that Government money. Like the consession of baggage carts at all airports you rent to move your bags. She is so shady I would love to see an investigation into her finances.

Connecticut – Joe Lieberman - http://www.lieberman.senate.gov/ Joe is another one. He and Diane should be on the first plane to Israel. They are both Israel firster's. Anytime they are on some committee with a defense budget they make sure Israel gets the lion share in everything.

I could go on and on but, it makes me tired. LOL

God Bless

They would be

a great place to start - I think Lieberman's retiring anyway (none to soon).

We must gain support from outside the Liberty Movement

We need to increase our numbers. We need petitions with thousands of signatures to impress our Senators.

We need petition where people can write their name, city and hopefully an email or phone number so we can build our own lists.

Letting C4L collect petitions has been ineffective. We need the Liberty Movement collecting signatures in favor of Audit the Fed (make a copy for yourselves) and then send a copy to each of your senators.

Some of you guys are jokingly

Some of you guys are jokingly saying Occupy, but I think this is one of those areas where we could work together with Occupy Wallstreet. This occasion seems right up their ally. Having them on our side on this issue would not only put more pressure on them, but would be good publicity as well and show the people that this is a bipartisan issue.

Occupy

Is Occupy generally considered a progressive movement? I don't know enough about it and would appreciate some perspective..

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson

Occupy San Francisco supports this

Occupy SF posted about this on its official website yesterday.

http://occupysf.org/2012/07/25/ron-pauls-audt-the-fed-bill-p...

Lead to the article:

"In what may be the one of the most most significant actions taken by the House of Representatives concerning the American economy in the past 100 years, The House passed HR 489, on July 25, 2012.."

Nice.

Not Good Enough!

We've got to find out what committee gets this to the floor and focus on the weakest links!!! So come on people, who are our best bets??? We CAN do an end run around Harry Reid!!!

Little Bit Farm

I called Sander's and Leahy's

I called Sander's and Leahy's offices yesterday to urge them to support the audit and for them to encourage Reid to let the voters have their say.

"Keep your hands out of my pockets and stop telling me what to do!"

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Another item

you can do now or anytime, is go to: DownsizeDC (.org). This is a great way to communicate with your reps/senators - and it's free. I've been using it for years and contribute a small amount monthly to keep it going.

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

These senators

These senators sponsored/co-sponsored the bill last session, but haven't signed on yet to it this session:

Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA]
Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD]
Sen Harkin, Tom [IA]
Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX]
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA]
Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [LA]
Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT]
Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT]
Sen Webb, Jim [VA]
Sen Wyden, Ron [OR]

If we count them, that makes the total 34. Shouldn't be too hard to get them sign on, right?

Yeah, they will be worth

Yeah, they will be worth contacting too. I have a feeling most of these Senators will vote in favor of the bill if brought to the floor, but we can never be too sure. By the way, I'm surprised Sanders who was the sponsor of the bill last time has not signed on.

Reid's number

Phone: 202-224-3542 / Fax: 202-224-7327

In case you want to voice your opinions.

LOL! Yes, yes, yes, we the

LOL! Yes, yes, yes, we the people can actually get our "representatives" to represent us. We the people are in charge. If we just work a little harder, make more phone calls to our congressmen we the people can make a difference. After all: they represent us! And if they don't then we can "vote them out"!

You're playing right into their hands. This is exactly how the system is designed: to continuously hang that carrot in front of your nose to make you think you have some say. You don't! They keep you occupied and distracted with the business of legislation so you won't take to arms. They continue to give you the illusion that we the people are in control. We're not!

How many more decades of this nonsense must one endure before we realize we need a different strategy other than believing we can get the gov't to fix the problems that the gov't created?

You believe that a bill to audit the fed will make a difference? That the fed will get audited? That we'll get competing currencies and sound money? I'll tell you another legal document that was ratified as well. The constitution. How's that been working out for you lately?

And if anyone says anything trite and cliche` like: it's a small victory or we don't need to be pessimistic then that makes you sound just like the politicians. The truth might be ugly and unfortunate but it's the truth nonetheless. Speaking it is not being pessimistic, it's the right thing to do. Isn't that what Dr. Paul's message is all about?

Typo:

Manchin is a senator from West Virginia

Occupy Harry

Harry Reid is the 1%. He is one out of 100 Senators but he alone blocks this bill. He is the 1%.

Occupy everything Harry Reid. In DC, In NV, his office, his realestate, occupy EVERYTHING Harry Reid.

Show the 1% we aren't going to tolerate this.

Yes, Occupy everything Harry

Yes, Occupy everything Harry Reid. I will be contacting his office today and every day from here on out!

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It might be a better title for your thread

Nothing wrong with yours, but "Occupy Harry" does have a nice ring to it, and it is a summation of your plan. jus sayin.

Undo what Wilson did

I fear the only plan that will work...

...does NOT involve Harry Reid in his present position.

But I'll contact Cantwell nevertheless for the hell of it.

Probably a total waste of my time though.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Pressure

Harry Reid might be an elitist, but he doesn't face reelection until 2016. As the Senate Majority leader, however, he risks losing that office if he pisses off his Class 1 senate colleagues--and 16 are running for reelection.
CA 2012 (D) Dianne Feinstein
DE 2012 (D) Tom Carper
FL 2012 (D) Bill Nelson
MD 2012 (D) Ben Cardin
MI 2012 (D) Debbie Stabenow
MN 2012 (D) Amy Klobuchar
MO 2012 (D) Claire McCaskill
MT 2012 (D) Jon Tester
NJ 2012 (D) Bob Menendez
NY 2012 (D) Kirsten Gillibrand
OH 2012 (D) Sherrod Brown
PN 2012 (D) Bob Casey, Jr.
RI 2012 (D) Sheldon Whitehouse
VT 2012 (D-I) Bernie Sanders
WA 2012 (D) Maria Cantwell
WV 2012 (D) Joe Manchin

At a minimum, we need to get through to those Democrats to kickstart Democratic support of S.202. There's also 6 Class 1 Senators from the Republican party who have not cosponsored S.202. They are as follows:
AZ 2012 (R) Jon Kyl
IN 2012 (R) Dick Lugar
MA 2012 (R) Scott Brown
ME 2012 (R) Olympia Snowe
TN 2012 (R) Bob Corker
TX 2012 (R) Kay Bailey Hutchinson

Those closest to the people are the most likely to hear them,

and those closest to the people are those who will face them at the polls this November. And those most in need of their votes in November are the following:

Tester (D) Montana
McCaskill (D) Missouri
Heller (R) Nevada (his opponent voted Yes on HR459 yesterday)
Nelson (D) Florida
Brown (R) Massachusetts
Brown (D) Ohio
Stabenow (D) Michigan

Audit the Fed

Good Luck!! IF you get it to the floor of the Senate for a vote and the bill, by some miracle, passes then you will have to re-organize the Senate for the 2/3 majority needed to override the veto.

The banks have been at this game for 99 years. I'm sure that they have the right people in their pocket to maintain the status quo in D.C.

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Obama...

He won't veto it--not unless he wants to lose support of his party prior to November 6th. He may try a pocket veto, though--a purely coincidental "sorry I accidentally vetoed your favorite legislation".

he'll veto

after Fast And Furious and Syria, he doesnt want any financial to be open to the Public. Im sure he veto the bill around midnight on Halloween while everyone is too busy trick or treating to pay attention and the media will just black it out.

His name is Edward Snowden

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