Hagerty, Britt Reintroduce Legislation Amid Billions in Losses by The Federal Reserve

October 19, 2023

Rep. French Hill is leading the effort in the U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON—United States Senators Bill Hagerty (R-TN), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Katie Britt (R-AL) have reintroduced the Federal Reserve Loss Transparency Act, legislation to prohibit the Federal Reserve from transferring its earnings to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) if the central bank incurs an operating loss on its balance sheet holdings. The legislation also requires the Federal Reserve to calculate its net earnings and total capital in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Representative French Hill (R-AR-02) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I’m pleased to join Senator Britt and Representative Hill in reintroducing this bill that provides much-needed transparency and accountability to the Federal Reserve and CFPB,” said Senator Hagerty. “The Federal Reserve has accumulated over $1 trillion in mark-to-market losses, and yet is able to obscure these losses through unconventional accounting gimmicks. This should be of great concern to all Americans, particularly as the Federal Reserve continues to send hundreds of millions of dollars to the CFPB outside of the appropriations process.”

“American taxpayers deserve the highest levels of transparency and accountability from the Federal Reserve,” said Senator Britt. “Instead of using hundreds of millions of dollars to keep propping up the CFPB, the Federal Reserve needs to get back to focusing on recovering the billions in losses they’ve posted and pursuing responsible monetary policy that helps hardworking families live their American Dream.”

“Since I introduced this legislation last September, the Federal Reserve has posted over $100 billion in operating losses and the number continues to soar,” said Representative Hill. “These growing losses to American taxpayers are rooted in our central bank’s overreliance on buying government bonds and mortgage-backed securities as an emergency monetary policy tool. With billions in real losses and over a trillion in unrealized, mark-to-market losses, the Federal Reserve should focus on responsible monetary policy instead of funding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which should be put on congressional appropriations.”

Full text of the Federal Reserve Loss Transparency Act can be found here.