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Congressman Emmer warns Biden Admin seeks China-style CBDCs

US Congressman Tom Emmer emphasized that CBDCs are vastly different from decentralized digital assets like Bitcoin.

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The Biden administration’s efforts to develop a central bank digital currency (CBDC) have come under scrutiny as Congressman Tom Emmer warns of the potential dangers to American values and privacy.

In a speech to the House of Representatives, Emmer expressed concern that the administration is “itching to trade Americans’ right to privacy for a CCP-style surveillance tool.”

Emmer emphasized that CBDCs are vastly different from decentralized digital assets like Bitcoin.

“Unlike decentralized digital assets such as Bitcoin, CBDCs are a digital form of sovereign currency designed, issued, and monitored by the federal government,” Emmer explained.

He fears that if not designed to be open, permissionless, and private, a CBDC would give the federal government access to individuals’ transaction data and the ability to suppress politically unpopular activity.

The congressman pointed to recent examples of governments weaponizing their financial systems against citizens, such as Canada freezing the bank accounts of truckers protesting vaccine mandates in 2022.

To combat this threat, Emmer introduced the CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act, which has garnered support from 165 Republican conference members. The bill aims to ensure that Congress maintains authority over US digital currency policy, protecting American values of privacy, individual sovereignty, and free market competitiveness.

Emmer warns that the Biden administration is eagerly pursuing a CBDC that can be used to surveil and control Americans, as evidenced by the Federal Reserve describing CBDCs as one of their key duties.

Emmer believes that without proper safeguards, a CBDC would become a powerful tool to oppress Americans’ freedom and right to privacy.

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