Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) believes it is past time for the United States to develop its own digital currency (CBDC). In an episode of NBC’s “Meet the Press Reports” with Chuck Todd, set to air on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET, Warren made this urge to the US government.
A brief transcript of the conversation was provided by NBCUniversal. She said,
“So a lot that banks do wrong, if you think, ‘We could improve that in a digital world,’ the answer is, ‘Sure you could.’ But in that case, let’s do a central bank digital currency,” Warren told Todd. “Yes, I think it’s time for us to move in that direction.”
In response to Todd’s question regarding whether Bitcoin will be regulated as a commodity, Warren responded that she believes it will, noting the subprime mortgage financial crisis that started in 2007. She made no reference to the regulations’ possible format.
Elizabeth Warren’s sanctions compliance bill for crypto companies
In March, Elizabeth Warren announced a new bill that would prevent bitcoin companies from trading with sanctioned entities. Sens. John McCain and Tim Kaine introduced the Digital Assets Sanctions Compliance Enhancement Act, which would make it easier to comply with sanctions on digital assets.
Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and others sponsored the Digital Assets Sanctions Compliance Enhancement Act, which would allow the US president to add non-US-based crypto firms to the sanctions list if they encourage sanctions evasion.
According to a draft of the bill, the president’s administration would be entrusted with identifying “any foreign person” who runs a crypto exchange or otherwise enables digital asset transactions and has also helped Russians on the Office of Foreign Asset Control’s sanctions list evade sanctions.
The bill appears to cover more than just Russian sanctions. Another provision would allow the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to track people who transact with cryptocurrency worth more than $10,000.
Furthermore, with respect to the CBDC, when Elizabeth Warren was asked if the senator viewed cryptocurrency as this decade’s real estate bubble, she stated that the entire digital world has operated in a bubble-like fashion. She supported her statement by further adding that it has risen due to the fact that everyone is saying how amazing it is going to be, just as it was in the real estate market.