Senator Rob Portman, Ohio

On Wednesday, OLC Co-founder and American Majority Ohio State Director, Chris Littleton broke the news that Ohio Senator Rob Portman has signed on as a co-sponsor to Rand Paul’s, Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011, also known as the “Audit the Fed” bill. From Chris Littleton’s posting:

It’s more often than not that I disagree with elected officials – especially on matters of central banking and monetary policy, but I want to publicly thank Senator Portman as we have engaged in the conversation over monetary policy for over 2 years, and he expressed an interest and concern regarding the Federal Reserve’s influence on the economy throughout this time.

I have no doubt we will disagree on things in the future, but today – I am extremely proud of my Senator who agrees with millions of Americans – the Federal Reserve must be more transparent. Great job Senator Portman!

Indeed, great job, Senator Portman, on signing on to this very important bill that should by all means be something that both parties can agree on.  In refreshing (and typical) Rand Paul style, the bill fits on a single page.  Here it is:

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S 202 IS

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 202

To require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States before the end of 2012, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 26, 2011
Mr. PAUL (for himself, Mr. DEMINT, and Mr. VITTER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs


 A BILL

To require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States before the end of 2012, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011’.

SEC. 2. AUDIT REFORM AND TRANSPARENCY FOR THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM.

(a) In General- Notwithstanding section 714 of title 31, United States Code, or any other provision of law, an audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks under subsection (b) of such section 714 shall be completed before the end of 2012.

(b) Report-

(1) IN GENERAL- A report on the audit required under subsection (a) shall be submitted by the Comptroller General to the Congress before the end of the 90-day period beginning on the date on which such audit is completed and made available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority and minority leaders of the House of Representatives, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate, the chairman and ranking member of the committee and each subcommittee of jurisdiction in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and any other Member of Congress who requests it.

(2) CONTENTS- The report under paragraph (1) shall include a detailed description of the findings and conclusion of the Comptroller General with respect to the audit that is the subject of the report, together with such recommendations for legislative or administrative action as the Comptroller General may determine to be appropriate.

(c) Repeal of Certain Limitations- Subsection (b) of section 714 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking all after ‘in writing.’.

(d) Technical and Conforming Amendment- Section 714 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking subsection (f).[/box]

Although Senator Portman is not yet listed as a cosponsor on many of the bill tracking websites such as Govtrack.us, and there is not a news release on Senator Portman’s website announcing his cosponsorship of the bill, hopefully those sites will be updated soon.