April 19, 2024
Senators Oppose Biden's Proposed CBDC Plans
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Senators Oppose Biden’s Proposed CBDC Plans

Five U.S. senators have united in opposition to the Biden administration’s proposed “digital dollar,” aiming to counter the issuance of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Senators Ted Cruz, Bill Hagerty, Rick Scott, Ted Budd, and Mike Braun co-signed the CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act on February 26, challenging the authority of the Federal Reserve to implement a CBDC. Their concern revolves around potential surveillance and infringement on citizens’ freedom through the Biden administration’s CBDC.

Senator Cruz urged Congress to clarify that the Federal Reserve lacks the authority to implement a CBDC. The legislation specifically targets the Federal Reserve’s authority to provide certain products or services directly to individuals, restricting the use of CBDC for monetary policy and other purposes.

“A CBDC would open the door for the federal government to surveil and control the spending habits of all Americans. Any push to establish a CBDC must be confronted and stopped, and that’s why I’m proud to join Senator Cruz’s effort to do just that.”

Senators Scott and Budd emphasized the importance of safeguarding the financial privacy of U.S. citizens. Budd highlighted the CBDC as “government-controlled programmable money” capable of collecting personal details and potentially tracking and freezing funds for any reason.

If the legislation is enacted, it would necessitate congressional authorization for any future issuance of a CBDC, preventing the Federal Reserve from transforming into a retail bank.

Beyond the support of the five senators, the legislation has gained endorsement from five associations: Heritage Action for America (HAFA), the Blockchain Association, the American Bankers Association (ABA), the Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBA), and the Club for Growth (CFG).

In contrast, former President Donald Trump, a candidate in the 2024 presidential election, has firmly pledged to “never allow” the creation of an in-house CBDC. Trump credited Vivek Ramaswamy for shedding light on the adverse effects of CBDCs.

This development highlights the growing concern among certain lawmakers about the potential implications of a government-controlled digital currency, focusing on issues of surveillance, privacy infringement, and the concentration of financial power. The legislative move is positioned to influence the trajectory of CBDC implementation, underscoring the ongoing debate over the role of government in the digitization of currency and financial systems.

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