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Bill Would Block Fed From Issuing Central Bank Digital Currency Directly to Consumers

Authored By: Lewis Wood on 1/14/2022

Source: CUtoday.com

New legislation in Congress seeks to block the Federal Reserve from issuing a central bank digital currency directly to consumers.

The legislation comes as there has been strong interest by central banks internationally in digital currencies, as CUToday.info has extensively reported, and as the Federal Reserve continues its own study of issuing a digital currency.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN).

"Requiring users to open up an account at the Fed to access a (U.S. central bank digital currency (CBDC)) would put the Fed on an insidious path akin to China's digital authoritarianism," Emmer said in a statement. "It is important to note that the Fed does not, and should not, have the authority to offer retail bank accounts."

A CBDC, Emmer said, would require the centralization of information, which would leave Americans vulnerable to attacks and subject them to constant surveillance. Instead, he said the central bank should protect financial privacy, maintain the US dollar's dominance, and cultivate innovation.

"CBDCs that fail to adhere to these three basic principles could enable an entity like the Federal Reserve to mobilize itself into a retail bank, collect personally identifiable information on users, and track their transactions indefinitely," he said in his statement.

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