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H.R. 428: Homeland Security Assessment of Terrorists’ Use of Virtual Currencies Act

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When terrorists groups increasingly relying on Bitcoin and other similar virtual currencies, what should be done?


Bitcoin is the most famous among several prominent virtual currencies, a new type of digital payment system to arise in the 2010s. These offer several features that “traditional” money doesn’t have, such as being universal and thus negating the need for exchange rates between countries.

Yet the most prominent new feature is anonymity. The technological specifics of how they maintain anonymity are complex and use a new technology called blockchain. But the short version is Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies combine the anonymity of cash with the digital near-immediacy of credit cards, PayPal, Venmo, and the like.

Unfortunately, that makes it a potential gold mine for hate groups, assassins, and terrorists — because previously ...

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Kathleen Rice

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 29, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Jan 10, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed House (Senate next) on Jan 29, 2019

This bill passed in the House on January 29, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 10, 2019

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Jan 29, 2019
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