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GOP Representatives Introduce Act to Halt Digital Dollar

GOP Stands Firm Against CBDCs to Safeguard Privacy

U.S. GOP Representative Congressman Tom Emmer, supported by 49 Republican colleagues, has reintroduced the CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act.

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This proposed legislation aims to block the launch of a retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) that could impinge upon the financial privacy rights of Americans.

Congressman Emmer initially introduced this bill in January 2022, gaining support from fellow Republican representatives, including French Hill (R-AR), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Young Kim (R-CA), among others.

Its primary objective is to prevent the central bank from using a CBDC for implementing monetary policy, thereby safeguarding individual financial privacy.

While the Federal Reserve has not definitively decided on CBDC issuance, ongoing recruitment efforts by the Federal Reserve of San Francisco for a CBDC project suggest that the digital dollar is still under consideration.

Additionally, the second part of the legislation proposes an amendment to the Federal Reserve Act. It prohibits Federal Reserve banks from directly offering specific products or services to individuals and restricts the use of CBDCs for monetary policy and other purposes.

The bill explicitly states, “a Federal Reserve bank shall not offer a central bank digital currency, or any digital asset substantially similar under a different name or label, indirectly to an individual through a financial institution or other intermediary.”

The idea of introducing a digital dollar has generated debate within the United States. Presidential contenders Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Ron DeSantis have expressed reservations about implementing a CBDC in the nation, citing worries about financial privacy.

Advocates of CBDCs argue that they could aid in maintaining the global significance of the U.S. dollar and further promote the adoption of cryptocurrencies.

Congressman Emmer emphasized the significance of upholding financial privacy amid increasing attention towards digital currencies.

The re-introduced bill against CBDCs highlights the necessity for a CBDC that upholds principles like privacy, individual autonomy, and the free market’s competitiveness. With bipartisan backing, the bill is poised for evaluation by the House Financial Services Committee in the forthcoming weeks.

The United States is not the sole participant in CBDC development. About 130 nations are actively exploring the creation of digital variants of their currencies, while 11 countries, including China, have effectively launched CBDCs.

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