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Paul threatens to keep Senate from Christmas vacation over Fed fight

By Peter Schroeder
December 17, 2013, 11:35 am

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is threatening to keep the Senate in session by dragging out Janet Yellen’s confirmation as head of the Federal Reserve.

The noted central bank critic said Tuesday that he was prepared to force the Senate to exhaust the full 30 hours of debate on Yellen’s nomination if he did not receive a vote on his legislation to fully audit the Fed. His push comes as senators are trying to wrap up their work for the year.

Paul opposes Yellen’s nomination to head the Fed but said he would get out of the way if the Senate agreed to hold a vote on his legislation to fully audit the central bank. If not, he’s prepared to slow the process as much as possible.

“We’ll try to slow it down or stop it as much as we can,” he said. “We’ve told them that we will allow it to move forward and expedite it if they give us a vote on ‘Audit the Fed.’”


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This is a good

fight to pick.

If Rand can get people talking about The FED the way he got people talking about drone strikes, this will add major fuel to the brushfire.



"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

two steps forward......

two steps forward......

ill give him that

Go Rand



Harry Reid

Harry Reid was for a Fed audit before he was in a position to actually make it happen


You mean....

Before he went to the dark side...

Yes, vote to fully audit the

Yes, vote to fully audit the Fed. The Senators who vote no, can pack their bags and go. They can not ever run again and win, their true allegiance tattooed on their skin!

The Symbolism is Appreciated

The fact that Senator Paul wishes to stand and make difficult the closing of the U.S. Senate for Christmas on this, the hundredth anniversary to wit was the culmination of the Bloodless Coup of 1913, is indeed very symbolic, especially to a history nerd such as myself.

However, even when this fails, and Uncle Ben yields to Aunt Janet, the FED's days are numbered. As the dollar bounces towards losing the last three to five percent of valuation, the rise of Crypto-Currency sends the need for a Central Bank to the Dustbin of History.

As more and more tangible goods are exchanged solely for BitCoin, that is one additional transaction wholly absent of dollar.

We shall End the FED by ignoring the FED, and it will be a very Merry Christmas indeed.

WGRR DB - rEVOLutionary talk for revolutionary times. Listen LIVE!

i like the way you think

i like the way you think

Best Christmas present ever.

Best Christmas present ever.

The Wrath of Paul!

It'll be voted down anyway

It'll be voted down anyway but at least the record of who voted it down will be there, i guess.

End The Fed!
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We already know who will vote

We already know who will vote it down won't we?

Not really

I doubt many of us expected nearly 50% of Democrats to vote for the House bill in 2012. Several of them who voted for the House bill have moved on to the Senate too.

always nice to have these

always nice to have these things on record, who knows what the future may bring, like mass firings based on unconstitional votes.......for instance :) who knows

Go Rand!

Love it.

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Go Rand!

And yet I only hear crickets chirping in the silence here at DP.

People are funny

Rand obviously is part of the

Rand obviously is part of the War ON CHRISTMAS!!!!!! because he wont let Senators go home for Christmasssss!! !F>ASDFLN%t6ygdf

Southern Agrarian

Rand: "all I want for

Rand: "all I want for Christmas is a vote on the fed...a vote on the fed...a vote on the fed" lol!

New JibJab

With Sen. Paul and the Founding Fathers

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

End the Fed on Christmas Eve Rand!

End the fed on Christmas Eve. While the bad ones are on vacation, 100 years later, history should reverse itself.

Won't that be awesome? :)

Wonder if ole Nelson Aldrich

Wonder if ole Nelson Aldrich got his?