ICBA reiterated to Congress its opposition to the creation of a U.S. central bank digital currency.
Congress should oppose the formation of a U.S. CBDC because it would disintermediate community bank deposits and risk a consumer privacy backlash.
The policy goals of a U.S. CBDC would best be addressed through alternatives, such as FedNow.
A wholesale CBDC—a potential form of digital currency limited to financial institutions—is similarly unnecessary given the increasing adoption of instant payment solutions.
ICBA-Supported Bills: In its statement, ICBA urged lawmakers to support pending legislation to:
Bar the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department from issuing a CBDC without congressional authorization.
Prohibit Federal Reserve Banks from offering products or services directly to individuals, maintaining individual accounts, or issuing a CBDC to individuals.