Republican Lawmakers Renew Efforts To Abolish Federal Reserve

In a bold legislative move, Rep. Thomas Massie and a coalition of House Republicans have reignited the debate over the role of the Federal Reserve by introducing the “Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act,” signaling a concerted effort to upend the nation’s monetary policy apparatus.

The proposed measure, which seeks to abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and all Federal reserve banks while repealing the Federal Reserve Act, represents a significant escalation in GOP-led efforts to overhaul the central bank.

Citing concerns over inflation and the devaluation of the dollar, Massie emphasized the need to hold the Federal Reserve accountable for its actions, particularly in response to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Americans are suffering under crippling inflation, and the Federal Reserve is to blame,” Massie declared in a press release. “If we really want to reduce inflation, the most effective policy is to end the Federal Reserve.”

The bill has garnered support from a diverse group of Republican lawmakers, underscoring the broad appeal of efforts to rein in the central bank’s power, with the press release listing the co-sponsors as Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Josh Brecheen (R-OK), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Eric Burlison (R-MO), Kat Cammack (R-FL), Michael Cloud (R-TX), Eli Crane (R-AZ), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Bob Good (R-VA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Harriet Hageman (R-WY), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Scott Perry (R-PA), Chip Roy (R-TX), Keith Self (R-TX), Victoria Spartz (R-IN) and Tom Tiffany (R-WI).

“The Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act, first introduced by former Representative Ron Paul in 1999, hasn’t been reintroduced since 2013,” the press release noted, highlighting the historical precedent of similar legislative initiatives.

Indeed, former Rep. Ron Paul’s advocacy for monetary reform has served as a catalyst for ongoing discussions surrounding the Federal Reserve’s role in shaping economic policy.

As the debate over the future of the Federal Reserve continues to unfold, Massie and his allies are poised to drive the conversation forward, presenting a formidable challenge to the status quo and potentially reshaping the trajectory of U.S. monetary policy for years to come.

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