Freshmen Republicans Honor Rep. Ron Paul for Best Bill of 111th Congress
Led by U.S. Representative Steve Austria (R-OH), the House Republican Freshman Class of the 111th Congress unanimously voted Congressman Ron Paul’s (R-Lake Jackson) legislation, H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009, as the “best legislation filed” during the 111th Congress.
Austria presented Paul with a certificate of appreciation from freshman Members of Congress for his efforts to bring about greater accountability and transparency in public institutions, as well as to thank him for his “many years of service and dedication to the cause of liberty and the promotion of free market principles.”
“As new members, we understand that the American people are not happy with the ‘closed door, backroom deal-making’ approach to government that has come to characterize Washington in recent years,” the freshmen Republicans said in a letter to Paul. “Passage of your legislation would begin to move our government back into the sunlight where it belongs.”
Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) made the motion to nominate Paul’s legislation. He said Paul has long been committed to furthering transparency in government.
“Transparency is an important building block of our public institutions,” Posey said. “Rep. Paul’s legislation, combined with his efforts over his many years of service, has made a positive contribution toward maintaining the freedoms which the Founders of our nation intended us all to have.”
Also called the “Audit the Fed” bill, Paul’s legislation failed by a vote of 229-198 despite being co-sponsored by 320 Members of Congress. All House Republicans and 23 Democrats voted in favor of the bill.
The bill was supported by other area congressmen, including Michael McCaul (R-Austin), Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) and John Culberson (R-Houston).
Paul’s 14th Congressional District includes portions of western Fort Bend County and much of Cinco Ranch.