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The US House Financial Services Committee released a new discussion draft bill aimed at regulating stablecoins, like USDC and Tether, in anticipation of a hearing on the topic. The bill is set to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for digital crypto assets intended for payments whose value is supposed to remain stable at all times.
The bill is yet to be finalised, but negotiations and talks are expected to continue in the coming weeks and months in Washington. The draft seeks to put the Federal Reserve in charge of non-bank stablecoins, with credit unions and banks needing to gain approval from financial regulators to issue their own stablecoins. Failure to register would result in fines and imprisonment.
The new draft bill includes a two-year ban on stablecoins that are not backed by hard assets, with tokens in existence before the bill's passage being grandfathered in. It also allows the government to set interoperability standards, enabling users to clear and settle across different payment systems without buying native stablecoins for each.
Furthermore, the bill directs the Federal Reserve to conduct a study on the impact of a digital dollar, focusing on potential effects on monetary policy, financial stability, and individual privacy. Despite the Fed's prior studies on issuing a digital dollar, the bill would require additional focus in these areas.
The new draft bill aims to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for stablecoins and ensure that companies issuing such assets are regulated and approved by the Federal Reserve. While negotiations and debates are set to continue, the bill, once finalised, may have significant implications for the future of stablecoins and the wider digital asset industry.
As the discussion draft bill on stablecoin regulation shows, the U.S. government is taking steps towards regulating the crypto market investment. Some stakeholders in the crypto community see this as a necessary move towards legitimizing the cryptocurrency trading industry and improving investor confidence.
Indeed, regulation could help protect investors from fraudulent activity and ensure that stablecoins and other digital assets are backed by adequate reserves. However, others worry that excessive regulation could stifle innovation and hamper the potential benefits of decentralized finance. Whatever the outcome, it's clear that the debate over crypto regulation is far from over and will continue to be a hot topic in the months and years to come.
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