- Tom Emmer, U.S. Representative from Minnesota, has introduced a bill that would prevent the Federal Reserve from issuing CBDCs directly to individuals.
- The new legislation would be an amendment to the Federal Reserve Act.
- Rep. Emmer has long been an advocate of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN) has introduced a bill prohibiting the Federal Reserve from issuing its own central bank digital currency (CBDC) directly to individuals. The Congressman warned of the proposition of the U.S. going down “an insidious path” of “digital authoritarianism” akin to China.
CBDCs: A Dire Warning
Following Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee yesterday in which he said the Fed’s CBDC report would be published “within weeks,” one U.S. Representative seems to be fearful.
Today, U.S. Congressman Tom Emmer introduced a bill that would prevent the Federal Reserve bank from issuing a central bank digital currency directly to individuals. The bill amends Section 13 of the Federal Reserve Act.
In addition to the CBDC limitations, the bill would prevent the Fed from offering “products or services directly to an individual” or “maintain[ing] an account on behalf of an individual.”
In a Twitter thread, Congressman Emmer detailed reasons for his proposed bill. He wrote that CBDCs, such as the one China has introduced, “fundamentally omit the benefits and protections of cash.” He also attested that the policy surrounding the U.S. digital dollar would need to protect financial privacy, maintain the dollar’s “dominance,” and “cultivate innovation.” If these principles were violated, the lawmaker warned, the Fed could become empowered as a retail bank and track personal and financial information “indefinitely.” The congressman also raised concerns over surveillance of financial activity by the Federal Reserve.
Ultimately, Representative Emmer argued that the Fed’s CBDC must be open to everyone, transactable on a transparent blockchain, and as capable of maintaining privacy as cash. In other words, any CBDC implemented by the Fed must be open, permissionless, and private, he said. He concluded his Twitter thread by saying, “Simply put, we must prioritize blockchain technology with American characteristics, rather than mimic China’s digital authoritarianism out of fear.”
Representative Emmer has long had a positive stance toward cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. As early as July 2019 he introduced legislation that sought to protect holders of crypto fork coins (like Bitcoin Cash) from unclear IRS tax guidelines. Later that year, he introduced a bill to protect token sales from the SEC. In 2021, he continued his quest to mitigate problematic crypto legislation, such as proposed KYC requirements on self-hosted crypto wallets and blockchain nodes imposed by the U.S. Treasury.
To its credit, the Fed has not seemed to act hastily on the matter of a digital dollar. Fed Chair Powell has emphasized before the importance of being right, not first.
Disclosure: At the time of writing, the author of this piece owned BTC, ETH, and several other cryptocurrencies.
The information on or accessed through this website is obtained from independent sources we believe to be accurate and reliable, but Decentral Media, Inc. makes no representation or warranty as to the timeliness, completeness, or accuracy of any information on or accessed through this website. Decentral Media, Inc. is not an investment advisor. We do not give personalized investment advice or other financial advice. The information on this website is subject to change without notice. Some or all of the information on this website may become outdated, or it may be or become incomplete or inaccurate. We may, but are not obligated to, update any outdated, incomplete, or inaccurate information.
You should never make an investment decision on an ICO, IEO, or other investment based on the information on this website, and you should never interpret or otherwise rely on any of the information on this website as investment advice. We strongly recommend that you consult a licensed investment advisor or other qualified financial professional if you are seeking investment advice on an ICO, IEO, or other investment. We do not accept compensation in any form for analyzing or reporting on any ICO, IEO, cryptocurrency, currency, tokenized sales, securities, or commodities.
Consortium of U.S. Banks Proposes “USDF” Stablecoin
A group of five U.S. banks in the U.S. has launched the USDF Consortium with the goal of bringing a bank-minted stablecoin to the U.S. U.S. Banks Launch Stablecoin Consortium…
“Be Right, Not First,” Says Fed Chairman Powell on a Digit…
“We have not made a decision to issue a CBDC,” said Fed Chairman Jerome Powell in his speech during today’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) event devoted to the cross-border payments….
Fed Chair Promises CBDC Report “Within Weeks”
In Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s renomination hearing before the Senate Banking Committee Hearing today, Powell said that a Fed report on central bank digital currencies was expected in the…
A Guide to Yield Farming, Staking, and Liquidity Mining
Yield farming is arguably the most popular way to earn a return on crypto assets. Essentially, you can earn passive income by depositing crypto into a liquidity pool. You can think of these liquidity…