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Bitcoin slips under $20K amid Biden budget, Silvergate collapse

The price of the Bitcoin (BTC) briefly slipped below $20,000 for the first time in nearly two months, following the latest budget from United States President Joe Biden and the collapse of “crypto-bank” Silvergate.

In the early hours of Mar. 10, the price of BTC briefly dipped below $20,000 to $19,945 before recovering to hover just above $20,000, according to data from CoinMarketCap. 

The price of Bitcoin saw a stellar start to 2023 but fell as much as 5% in an hour on Mar. 3 amid uncertainty at Silvergate. The price doesn’t appear to have been able to lift since.

Price chart of Bitcoin over the last seven days. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

The announcement that Silvergate Bank, one of the key banks in the United States that services crypto firms, had entered into voluntary liquidation on Mar. 8 has emerged as a possible strong headwind for the crypto industry.

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Meanwhile, a supplementary budget explainer paper on Mar. 9 revealed that United States crypto miners could eventually be subject to a 30% tax on electricity costs under a budget proposal by President Joe Biden aimed to “reduce mining activity.”