by Ernest Bey
Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 8:18am
Panel votes to audit the Fed; cap its spending at $4 trillion
Measure would audit the Fed’s monetary policies such as interest rates
By Ronald D. Orol, MarketWatch
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Rep. Ron Paul, who has sought to audit the Federal Reserve for 26 years, has inched ever so much closer to his goal.
A key congressional panel on Thursday approved legislation introduced by the Texas congressman that – for the first time in the central bank’s 95-year-history — would require government audits of Federal Reserve monetary policy, as well as how much the central bank has lent and will lend to specific banks.
Fed Chief Ben Bernanke and other key members of the Obama administration, including Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, had vigorously opposed the move. The measure was approved by the House Financial Services Committee as it considered broad bank regulatory reform legislation, and included a package of other measures weakening the Fed’s power and capping how much it can lend or guarantee.
The committee is now poised to pass the entire bill and has scheduled its final vote on the legislation for December 1. Today Rickards remarked that the United States and China are devaluing their currencies against each other in a game of chicken, that gold should easily reach $2,000 per ounce next year just as a matter of supply and demand, and that if gold should start being considered money again, it would have to rise to between $4,000 and $11,000 to support the big increase in the world’s money supply.