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Senate’s push for stablecoin regulation reform intensifies

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced plans to unveil new legislation aimed at regulating stablecoins, a move anticipated to occur as early as this week. Speaking at the Bitcoin Policy Summit held at the National Press Club in Washington on April 9, Gillibrand, alongside Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), disclosed ongoing negotiations to introduce the bill. The legislation, shaped with input from key stakeholders including the Federal ReserveTreasury, and the New York State Department of Financial Services, seeks to facilitate the use of cryptocurrencies for transactions while ensuring industry stability.

Senate's push for stablecoin regulation reform intensifies

The proposed legislation builds upon the groundwork laid by the Lummis-Gillibrand Responsible Financial Innovation Act, reintroduced last year to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for all crypto assets. Gillibrand emphasized the importance of providing regulatory oversight to prevent malpractices while fostering growth and innovation within the sector. Notably, the bill delineates two distinct paths for stablecoin issuers, catering to both depository and nondepository institutions. Under the envisioned framework, depository institutions, upon meeting approval criteria, could obtain federal or state bank charters to issue stablecoins. Conversely, nondepository institutions would be subject to federal oversight, with states retaining primary regulatory authority.

Gillibrand lauded the legislation as a testament to pragmatic compromise, balancing the interests of federal, state, and industry stakeholders. Negotiations surrounding the bill underscore the bipartisan and bicameral support necessary for its passage. Gillibrand underscored the collaborative efforts involving key figures such as Chairman Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) and Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) of the House Financial Services Committee. McHenry echoed sentiments at the Bitcoin Policy Summit, highlighting the significance of stablecoins in laying the groundwork for broader U.S. crypto regulations. The forthcoming legislation marks a pivotal step toward unlocking the full potential of crypto assets, Gillibrand asserted. As negotiations continue, stakeholders remain committed to forging consensus to ensure the bill’s enactment into law.

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