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“Government has no business spying on Americans,” Rep. Senators join efforts to keep Big Brother out of your bank accounts


A bipartisan effort led by Florida U.S. Senator Rick Scott, together with Senators Ted Cruz, Bill Hagerty, Ted Budd, and Mike Braun, is challenging the Biden administration’s plans to introduce a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The group has introduced the CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act, aiming to put stringent restrictions on the Federal Reserve’s ability to issue a CBDC, which they argue could lead to unprecedented government surveillance and control over personal finances.

“Government has no business spying on Americans,” Rep. Senators join efforts to keep Big Brother out of your bank accounts

Legislators Push Back on Digital Currency

The proposed legislation comes amid growing concerns about the potential for a government-controlled CBDC to not only enable the federal government to gather detailed transaction-level data on individuals but also to restrict financially motivated activities based on political bias. The CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act seeks to ensure that the Federal Reserve cannot issue a CBDC directly to individuals, nor can it act as a retail bank or issue a CBDC through third parties such as financial institutions.

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Moreover, the bill aims to prevent the Federal Reserve from leveraging a CBDC to influence monetary policy or exert control over the economy. It mandates that any issuance of a CBDC would require explicit authorization from Congress, underscoring the need for legislative oversight in the deployment of digital currencies.

Senator Rick Scott highlighted the privacy concerns associated with a CBDC, stating, “Big government has no business spying on Americans to control their personal finances and track their transactions.” He emphasized that the introduction of the CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act is a critical step in safeguarding individual liberties and financial privacy.

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The bill has garnered support from various organizations, including Heritage Action for America, the Blockchain Association, the American Bankers Association, the Independent Community Bankers Association, and Club for Growth, reflecting a broad consensus on the importance of protecting consumer privacy and maintaining a free economy.

Senator Ted Cruz also expressed his opposition to the Biden administration’s interest in a CBDC, framing it as an intrusion into citizens’ privacy. He stated, “The Biden administration salivates at the thought of infringing on our freedom and intruding on the privacy of citizens to surveil their personal spending habits.” Cruz’s leadership in the Senate on this issue underscores a concerted effort to restrict the Federal Reserve’s exploration and potential introduction of a CBDC into the American financial system.

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This legislative initiative marks a crucial moment in the ongoing debate over digital currencies and their impact on privacy, government surveillance, and the broader economy. As discussions around CBDCs continue to evolve, the actions taken by Senators Scott, Cruz, and their colleagues will likely play a significant role in shaping the future of digital currency policy in the United States.

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