El Salvador Faces US Pressure Over Bitcoin Adoption

• The U.S. has issued a new bill, the Accountability for Cryptocurrency in El Salvador Act, to get El Salvador to produce a report about using cryptocurrency and the associated security risks.
• El Salvador was the first nation to make bitcoin legal tender in 2021, but has run up significant debt from the crypto winter of 2022.
• U.S lawmakers fear that using cryptocurrency as legal tender could weaken economic and financial stability and enable malign actors.

U.S Targets El Salvador Over Crypto Bill

The United States government has recently targeted El Salvador over its decision to make Bitcoin an official form of payment within its borders through a new bill called the Accountability for Cryptocurrency in El Salvador Act. This bill seeks to have El Salvador produce a report detailing how it is using cryptocurrency and what security risks are associated with it, as well as economic stability and democratic governance surrounding its use and issuance.

El Salvador’s Bitcoin Advocacy

El Salvador became an advocate for Bitcoin when it declared it legal tender in September 2021, envisioning it as a way to reduce reliance on U.S dollars while ensuring user safety along the way. However, this move has come with some issues due to the crypto winter of 2022 which caused Bitcoin’s value to drop by more than 70%. As such, many residents have been left with large amounts of bitcoin-related debt that they cannot pay off easily or quickly.

U.S Fear Of Economic Instability

The decision by El Salvadorian officials has not been received positively by many US lawmakers including Bob Menendez (Democrat) and Jim Risch (Republican). They fear that using cryptocurrency as legal tender could lead to weakened economic stability which would be further exploited by malicious actors looking for easy targets. Risch noted: “Given U.S interest on prosperity and transparency in Central America, we must seek greater clarity on how the adoption of bitcoin as legal tender may impact El Salvador’s financial and economic stability, as well as El Salvador’s capacity to effectively combat money laundering and illicit finances.“

Recent Criticisms Of Bill

There have been recent criticisms against this bill from those who believe that having tighter regulations surrounding cryptocurrency usage could potentially stifle innovation within this sector rather than encourage growth or safety measures among users of digital currencies alike . It remains unclear whether such criticisms will cause any changes before or after this bill is passed into law but one thing is certain; increasing regulation around cryptocurrency usage is something all countries will need to consider going forward if they want their citizens protected from potential fraud or exploitation while also encouraging growth within their own economies at the same time .


In conclusion , it appears that while many countries including the United States have expressed skepticism towards making cryptocurrencies official forms of payment , there are still those who recognize their potential benefits both economically socially . With more regulation likely coming soon , it will be interesting to see how governments balance protecting people without hindering innovation too much .