Rand Paul Doubles Down: I'll Block Yellen's Fed Nom

Until Senate votes on his Audit the Fed bill
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2013 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rand Paul says he plans to "delay" Janet Yellen's nomination for Federal Reserve chair, until there's a vote on his Audit the Fed bill, Politico reports. "I don’t think technically you can file a hold until she comes out of committee—but we’re putting people on notice that we will," he says, confirming reports swirling Friday. "We’ve been waiting two years on a vote on the Audit the Fed bill. ... and we’d be happy to lift the hold if we do get a vote." Democrats say it's a pretty pointless publicity stunt—the hold could be overturned with a vote, and even if he was successful, Yellen would likely become acting chair once Bernanke is gone, anyway.

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In other Rand Paul related news, Rachel Maddow says she's uncovered another speech the Republican senator appears to have cribbed from Wikipedia. In a March 19 speech, Paul discussed the movie Stand and Deliver, using words that are very, very similar to those in the online encyclopedia, Politico reports. Here's a comparison:

  • Paul: "In the area of East LA, in 1982, in an environment that values a quick fix on education over learning, Escalante was a new math teacher at Garfield High School."
  • Wikipedia: "In the area of East Los Angeles, California, in 1982, in an environment that values a quick fix over education and learning, Jaime 'Kemo' Escalante is a new teacher at Garfield High School."
(Read more Rand Paul stories.)

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