Even as Facebook officials testify before Congress this week, House Democrats have apparently been circulating a draft legislative proposal that would bar big technology firms from creating their own digital currencies or offering financial services without a bank license. Reuters reportedly reviewed a copy of the bill and notes that it proposes a $1 million per day fine for companies that violate the prohibitions.
The draft bill is called the “Keep Big Tech Out of Finance Act” and would apply to tech giants “mainly offering an online platform service with at least $25 billion in annual revenue.” According to the proposal’s draft language:
“A large platform utility may not establish, maintain, or operate a digital asset that is intended to be widely used as medium of exchange, unit of account, store of value, or any other similar function, as defined by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.”
As Reuters reports, the draft proposal appears to be a partisan effort, and may not even have the support of most Democrats in the House:
Such a sweeping proposal would likely spark opposition from Republican members of the house who are keen on innovation, and would likely struggle to gather enough votes to pass the lower chamber.
Even if it were to pass the full house, it would still have to pass the senate which would also likely be an uphill struggle.