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Congress has passed the Biden administration’s bill aimed at improving infrastructure, fighting climate change, and bolstering social services. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which also expands the definition of a broker, awaits U.S. president Joe Biden’s signature after passing with a vote of 228–206 on Friday.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Passes to the Tune of $1.2 Trillion
The bipartisan infrastructure bill has been a hot topic in recent times and on Friday the bill passed in Congress and now awaits president Biden’s approval. The passing followed weeks of delays and debates as 13 Republicans joined a large majority of Democrats in order to help forward the proposal.
BREAKING: The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill was just passed by the House and will now go to President Biden’s desk.
They can’t stop spending and asset prices can’t stop going up.
— Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) November 6, 2021
Bitcoin.com News reported on the bill three days ago when it was slimmed down to $1.75 trillion and lawmakers whittled the number down once more before the passing to $1.2 trillion. From the State Dining Room, Biden celebrated Congress passing the bill and said with a smile: “Finally… Infrastructure week.”
The 1,600-page proposal discusses incentives to fight climate change, offers “universal pre-K child care,” and an allocation of funds for free computers. Estimates say around $550 billion will go towards fighting the alleged climate crisis in the United States.
I voted against this so-called “infrastructure” bill. This bill only serves to advance the America Last’s socialist agenda, while completely lacking fiscal responsibility. Less than 9% of the $1.2 trillion price tag goes toward hard infrastructure.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) November 6, 2021
$47 billion will be dedicated to flooding, coastal, and climate resiliency and $39 billion to “modernize traffic.” About $5 billion will be dedicated to low and zero-emissions buses, $110 billion for roads and bridges, and $7.5 billion toward electric vehicles and power charging developments.
Broad Definition of a Broker, Tax Code Section 6050I
Now while adding another trillion to the mountain of debt the U.S. already owns is unfavorable, most crypto proponents are more concerned about the cryptocurrency tax provision.
Senators who helped frame the bill slipped in a provision change that says organizations that deal in trading digital assets are considered brokers. In fact, digital currency proponents are worried that the definition of a broker is extremely broad, and crypto advocates think that alongside exchanges, software engineers and miners could also be targeted.
The way the bill is written, the main concern is the reporting requirement to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would force all brokers to file 1099 forms and declarations. Additionally, there is concern about the amendment to Tax code section 6050I, which essentially requires individuals and businesses that have received $10K in cash or a bank wire to file the IRS Form 8300.
I emailed both Senators in the state of Virginia today. What have you done to ensure you live the life you want in the future? Abolish Tax Code Section 6050I, and punish the politicians in favor by voting them out of office. #InfrastuctureBill #USGov retweet to spread the message
— Oh Smit (@thatguyoliver) November 5, 2021
The form mandates businesses and individuals to follow Know-Your-Customer (KYC) procedures and to record the sender’s name, address, and social security number. Detailed information on the reasoning behind the funding must also be accounted for in Form 8300.
Meltem Demirors: ‘Infrastructure Bill Is Inherently Anti-American’
Even after the bill passed in Congress, crypto supporters told their fellow Americans to call their representatives to fix the amended Section 6050I. One crypto advocate tweeted:
Everyone in the cryptocurrency community must contact their congressperson. Demand they oppose the clause snuck in [the] infrastructure bill that would amend Section 6050I of tax code, it’ll destroy the defi industry. It is extremely important we kill this.
Coinshares CSO Meltem Demirors also complained about the passing of the bill. “This bill is unconstitutional and inherently anti-American. Private citizens have the right to financial privacy and financial freedom. Absolutely shameful to see this,” Demirors said.
President Biden called the bill a “once-in-a-generation” investment. “It puts us on a path to win the economic competition of the 21st century,” Biden explained.