The 218th cosponsor was Dennis Kucinich (OH-10), and the bill has since received its 222nd cosponsor.
“The tremendous grass-roots and bipartisan support in Congress for HR 1207 is an indicator of how mainstream America is fed up with Fed secrecy,” said Congressman Paul. “I look forward to this issue receiving greater public exposure.”
Hearings on Federal Reserve transparency are expected within the next month, as part of the Financial Services Committee's series of hearings on regulatory reform.
BRIEF-Lawmaker criticizes Fed's 'secretive and unaccountable' behavior in BofA deal
06.11.09, 11:42 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) - At a U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to examine the government's role in Bank of America's acquisition of Merrill Lynch:
* U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, says the 'secretive and unaccountable' behavior of the Fed means there are unanswwered questions about Bank of America Corp ( BAC - news - people )'s deal to buy Merrill Lynch.
* Kucinich asks if B of A improperly withheld material information from shareholders about the deterioration in Merrill's balance sheet at the behest of government officials.
* Kucinich says the U.S. House panel has sifted through 'tens of thousands' of documents related to the B of A acquisition of Merrill to try and determine what happened. forbes.com