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Sen. Ted Cruz introduces bill to block Fed from creating central bank digital currency

Seeking Alpha logo Seeking Alpha 3/22/2023

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has proposed legislation to stop the Federal Reserve from creating a direct-to-consumer central bank digital currency (OTC:CBDC), according to a recent release. 

Cosponsored by Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Charles Grassley (R-IA), the "bill goes a long way in making sure big government doesn’t attempt to centralize or control cryptocurrency and instead, allows it to thrive in the United States," Cruz had said in a statement.

Since last year, the Biden administration and the U.S. central bank both have been examining the pros and cons of developing a CBDC, a central bank-issued digital currency that's denominated in the issuing country's fiat currency (such as the U.S. dollar, euro or yen). In June 2022, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that a CBDC could preserve the U.S. dollar's standing and the Fed is assessing whether a U.S. CBDC "would improve on an already safe and efficient domestic payments system."

"The federal government has no authority to unilaterally establish a central bank currency," Cruz emphasized. 

Cruz's remarks come one day after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called for a state-level ban on a CBDC. 

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