Posted 3 years ago | by Bethany Armstrong
US Lawmakers have moved from ignoring cryptocurrency to trying to decide what role cryptocurrency plays in the United States.
While a significant amount of US political attention has recently been directed towards Facebook's cryptocurrency project, Libra. It is not the first time that US lawmakers have raised objections to cryptocurrency. However, the social media's cryptocurrency project has been the catalyst in bringing cryptocurrency to the forefront of conversations.
When Bitcoin was first introduced to the world in 2009, US lawmakers didn't give it too much attention. Fast forward 10 years, and not only are governments taking notice, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology are beginning to change things around the world. Countries around the world are adopting blockchain technology. World leaders are considering how cryptocurrency can be an asset.
As governments around the world begin to accept cryptocurrency, it begs the question what that means for the United States.
Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) has been very vocal about opposing Facebook's Libra project. “I’m very concerned about Facebook’s plan to create a digital currency Libra and digital wallet Calibra. It appears that Facebook is working to create a global financial system that is intended to rival the U.S. dollar...I hope to hear what steps the SEC has taken is doing to ensure that Libra is appropriately and rigorously regulated.” Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), of the House Financial Services Committee