Stablecoin regulation more likely this year following key discussions among lawmakers

cyptouser3 months agoCryptocurrencies News72
Recent discussions between House leaders and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer may lead to action on stablecoin legislation during this summer’s session or in the year-end lame-duck session, according to investment bank TD Cowen.

House Financial Services Chair Patrick McHenry and ranking member Maxine Waters met with Schumer last week to deliberate on stablecoin legislation, a key area of financial technology that needs regulatory clarity.

According to reports from Punchbowl News and Politico, the discussions also explored the possibility of tying the stablecoin bill to critical legislative items such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization and a proposed cannabis banking bill.

The urgency for the FAA reauthorization, which is currently set for a May 10 deadline, might be extended due to international concerns, notably recent tensions following an attack by Iran.

This situation may provide Congress with additional leeway to craft and negotiate a broader legislative package that includes stablecoin regulation. The House and Senate are currently resolving differences in their FAA reauthorization bills, with a focus on safety issues.

Stablecoin bills

Waters and McHenry have been developing a regulatory framework for stablecoins, primarily focusing on the jurisdiction of regulatory authorities. Although the committee advanced the bill, partisan disagreements and a controversial provision regarding the role of state regulators in stablecoin issuances stalled progress.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, Senators Cynthia Lummis and Kirsten Gillibrand are preparing to introduce a bill aimed at clarifying stablecoins and protecting consumers. There is ongoing discussion about linking this effort with the Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation Banking Act, which seeks to enable banking services for the marijuana industry, although challenges remain due to opposition from certain key lawmakers.

The prospect of a legislative compromise remains uncertain, especially given House Speaker Mike Johnson’s opposition to the marijuana banking bill. However, the upcoming sessions and the end-of-year legislative flurry provide multiple opportunities for the stablecoin bill to be attached to significant legislative efforts such as the NDAA or other substantial bills during the lame-duck session.

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