US lawmakers goal perceived dangers of crypto adoption in El Salvador with reintroduced invoice


Two United States Senators from reverse sides of the political aisle have reintroduced laws from 2022 aimed toward mitigating perceived dangers posed by El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin as a authorized foreign money.

Congressional information confirmed Idaho Senator James Risch and New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez launched “a invoice to require studies on the adoption of cryptocurrency as authorized tender in El Salvador” on Could 11. The laws seemed to be a second try on the Accountability for Cryptocurrency in El Salvador Act, which Risch launched in February 2022, mere months after El Salvador’s Bitcoin Legislation went into impact.

In line with a Could 12 report from the Washington Examiner, Risch launched the invoice as a part of efforts to combat utilizing cryptocurrency as authorized tender, claiming it may “weaken financial and monetary stability and empower malign actors.” Bitcoin (BTC) has been accepted as authorized tender in El Salvador alongside the nationwide colon foreign money and the U.S. greenback since September 2021.

If handed, the invoice may require federal companies in the USA to report on El Salvador’s capabilities in cybersecurity and monetary stability, and the way these could have led to the passage of the nation’s Bitcoin Legislation. The Worldwide Financial Fund additionally warned the Central American ​​nation in February to think about the danger of BTC as authorized tender on the nation’s monetary integrity and stability.

The earlier model of the Bitcoin-focused laws launched within the Senate handed by way of committee in April 2022. Lawmakers within the Home of Representatives additionally launched a companion invoice, however based on congressional information the laws has not moved in additional than a yr.

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El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele immediately attacked U.S. lawmakers as “boomers” on Twitter the final time the invoice was launched, claiming they had been trying to intervene with “a sovereign and impartial nation.” Beneath Bukele, the nation has adopted many pro-crypto insurance policies, together with plans to lift funds to assemble a ‘Bitcoin metropolis’ utilizing BTC-backed bonds.

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