Rand Paul Says He Will Block Yellen’s Nomination as Fed Chair Unless the Senate Votes on This

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Tuesday that he will move to block Dr. Janet Yellen’s nomination as the next Federal Reserve Chair unless the Senate votes on his legislation which allows the Fed to be audited.

“I am writing to convey my objection to floor consideration of the nomination of Dr. Janet Yellen to Chair the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve without also considering legislation to bring much-needed transparency to the Fed,” Paul said in a letter to Reid.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), speaks at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council, on October 11, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)

‘[I] will object to any unanimous consent agreement or waiver of any rule with respect to the noimination of Dr. Yellen without a vote on S. 209,” Paul continued. “I know you have been a supporter of similar legislation in the past, and I hope that we can work together to pass this important legislation.”

The bill in question, the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act,” would allow the Government Accountability Office to audit the Federal Reserve.

“The American people have a right to know what this institution is doing with the nation’s money supply. The Federal Reserve does not need prolonged secrecy—it needs to be audited, and my bipartisan Federal Reserve Transparency Act will do just that,” Sen. Paul said in a statement Tuesday.

In March, Paul filibustered the confirmation of John Brennan to Director of the CIA for almost 13 hours.

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