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Miami Mayor Personally Bought BTC and ETH When $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill Passed

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Miami Mayor Personally Bought BTC and ETH When $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill Passed

In an interview with Decrypt in February, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said he planned to personally buy cryptocurrency soon, and was deciding between BTC, ETH, and Dogecoin.

Now he says he made his purchase on March 6.

“I bought BTC and ETH,” Mayor Suarez told Decrypt editor in chief Daniel Roberts at the 2021 Ethereal Virtual Summit. (No Dogecoin for the Mayor.)

“I will never forget the moment,” Suarez said. “It was the day that the $1.9 trillion spending bill passed from the Senate and it was going to the President’s desk. I said, I’m buying, that’s it. If the federal government is going to spend $1.9 trillion, then I think I need to have some, and this is going to definitely go up.”

President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package—commonly known as the American Rescue Plan—was signed into law on March 12. So that means Mayor Suarez bought BTC at a price of about $57,000. Since March 12, BTC has risen to heights of over $63,000 and fallen to lows of $48,000. Today, BTC is around $57,000 again, so the Mayor has broken even on his purchase so far. 

He has done much better when it comes to his ETH purchase. On March 12, ETH was at approximately $1,800. It has since risen by 94% to an all-time high and current price of approximately $3,500. 

“Frankly, if they [the government] spent another $2.2 trillion on an infrastructure bill, it’s going to continue to go up. There’s just no way that it can’t,” the Mayor said, adding, “I don’t think people are going to want to stay in dollar denominated currencies.” 

Miami’s crypto push

Mayor Suarez has been one of the loudest advocates of the crypto industry in recent months. His personal purchase is just the latest in a long line of high profile crypto moves coming out of Miami. 

Mayor of Miami Is Building Out His Cryptocurrency Team

At the start of the year, Decrypt reported that the Mayor was building out a cryptocurrency team to help Miami move forward in the industry. Since then, proposals have been put forward to put government funds into BTC, and Miami-Dade County residents learned that they may soon be able to pay taxes in crypto. 

The Miami Heat, the city’s storied NBA franchise, has also signed an extensive stadium sponsorship deal with cryptocurrency exchange FTX, co-founded by Sam Bankman-Fried and Gary Wang in 2019.


All content in this article is for informational purposes only and in no way serves as investment advice. Investing in cryptocurrencies, commodities and stocks is very risky and can lead to capital losses.

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