During a recent press conference on central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and cryptocurrencies, Congressman Tom Emmer, U.S. House Majority Whip and prominent Republicans discussed House Republicans’ commitment to delivering on their promises to the American people. promise.
A key aspect Emmer outlined was protecting economic freedoms, which led to the reintroduction of the Central Bank Digital Currency Anti-Surveillance Act. The legislation seeks to ensure that U.S. digital currency policy upholds values such as privacy, free market competitiveness, and individual sovereignty.
Republican-backed bill challenges Biden administration’s CBDC plan
Emerl expressed concern On the Biden administration’s desire to create a central bank digital currency that could undermine Americans’ right to financial privacy.
He believes that if CBDC is not as open, permissionless and private as cash, then it has the potential to become a surveillance tool similar to that used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Emmer emphasized that House Republicans are committed to preventing the implementation of this system and preserving the American way of life.
as report The bill was reintroduced on Tuesday to counter the Federal Reserve’s plan to issue a digital version of the dollar and use it to conduct monetary policy.
It has received the support of 49 Republican members of Congress, reflecting the importance of the issue in the rapidly evolving digital asset policy landscape.
The updated version of the bill introduces two key changes compared to previous iterations. First, it prohibits the concept of “intermediary CBDC,” that is, CBDC issued by the Federal Reserve but managed by retail banks and other financial institutions rather than directly controlled by the Federal Reserve. Notably, this model is similar to the approach taken by China’s digital yuan.
Additionally, the new version removes the requirement that the Fed report to Congress on any central bank digital currency pilot programs or research. Instead, separate bills would address such concerns, including the Digital Dollar Pilot Prevention Act introduced by Rep. Alex Mooney.
Notably, similar anti-central bank digital currency legislation has been proposed in the Senate. Bills such as the Ban CBDC Act introduced by Mike Lee and the bill introduced by Ted Cruz aim to prevent the Federal Reserve from issuing CBDC directly to individuals.
Overall, the reintroduction of the Central Bank Digital Currency Anti-Surveillance Act highlights the ongoing debate surrounding the implementation of CBDC in the United States.
While proponents argue that digital currencies can offer efficiency and financial inclusion benefits, critics such as Congressman Emerl stress the need to balance these benefits with protecting individual privacy and upholding free market principles.
As discussions around CBDC continue, it remains to be seen how policymakers will navigate the complex landscape of digital currencies while ensuring the protection of American values and individual rights.
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