New Stablecoin Legislation Expected To Be Paired With SAFE Banking Act

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced plans to introduce new stablecoin legislation, expected to be unveiled later this week or the next, during the Bitcoin Policy Summit at the National Press Club. Gillibrand, alongside Republican Senator Cynthia Lummis, emphasized the importance of this legislation in unlocking the potential of cryptocurrencies while ensuring safety and soundness within the industry.

The proposed legislation aims to create a regulatory framework for stablecoins, facilitating their integration into the financial system. Gillibrand highlighted the collaborative effort with key stakeholders such as the Federal Reserve, Treasury, and the New York State Department of Financial Services in crafting the bill.

Lummis, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, previously reintroduced the Lummis-Gillibrand Responsible Financial Innovation Act to address regulatory concerns surrounding crypto assets. This new standalone stablecoin legislation builds upon their previous efforts.

According to Politico correspondent Natalie Fertig, there are talks of pairing the new stablecoin bill with the proposed SAFE Banking Act, citing a potential mix of the two bills confirmed by Lummis. It was last reported that negotiations over a pivotal section of the cannabis banking bill appear to be reaching their conclusion.

Gillibrand outlined two paths for stablecoin issuers under the proposed legislation. Depository institutions would undergo an approval process, enabling both federal and state-chartered banks to issue stablecoins. Nondepository institutions would be subject to federal oversight, with states retaining a regulatory role.

Acknowledging the need for bipartisan support, Gillibrand stressed the importance of collaboration in advancing the bill. Negotiations have involved key figures such as Chairman Patrick McHenry and ranking member Maxine Waters of the House Financial Services Committee.

However, Senator Elizabeth Warren raised concerns regarding stablecoin regulation in a letter to House Financial Service Committee leadership. Warren emphasized the necessity of robust anti-money laundering laws, citing potential risks to national security and the banking sector.

“Efforts to create new regulatory frameworks around the $157B stablecoin market, including those that aim to fold stablecoins deeper into the banking sector, could amplify and entrench…risks rather than mitigate them,” wrote Warren.

Warren’s advocacy for stricter regulation aligns with her previous efforts, including the proposed Digital Assets Anti-Money Laundering Act. She reiterated her stance during a recent Senate hearing, emphasizing the need for comprehensive regulatory frameworks.

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