- The Alabama lawmakers seem to single-handedly prevent crypto amendment from being incorporated into law before the final vote.
- Senator Pat Toomey said, “Who knows how much innovation we’re going to stifle. Who knows what kind of new apps never emerge.”
- It is unlikely that cryptocurrency changes will be brought before the final vote in the Senate this week.
The compromise proposed to amend the terms of the cryptocurrency bipartisan infrastructure transaction does not meet the requirements of the Senate. Their requirement is to unanimously approve the motion. This is why the bill is expected to be fully voted on without further changes. Senator Tom Carper is the Democratic floor manager for infrastructure bill HR 3684. Yesterday afternoon, he introduced the presentation by Senators Pat Toomey, Cynthia Lummis, Rob Portman, Mark Warner, Kyrsten Sinema, and Ron Wyden. This was done for clarification on what exactly defines a crypto broker. But, when Carper refused to add Shelby’s unrelated amendment to the bill which tends to increase defense funding by $50 billion, Senator Richard Shelby protested.
He said just two words – “I object”. The Alabama lawmakers seem to single-handedly prevent crypto amendment from being incorporated into law before the final vote. Even if infrastructure deals can still be changed in the House of Representatives if passed in the Senate, any change in the bill requires different legislators and possibly different compromises. Pat Toomey, one of the main supporters of the amendment, did not ignore this apparently strange objection. He talked about the possible impact of leaving the language of the transaction reporting requirements unchanged. He further said that the miners, stakers, hardware and software providers, and software developers may be asked to “provide information that they don’t have and they can’t get”.
Pat Toomey’s Say On Crypto Amendment
“All I want to do is have a vote on an amendment that fixes this in a way that has a bipartisan agreement, in a way that constrains this to apply narrowly to the people who are actually the intermediaries, running a centralized exchange, who have this information,” said Pat Toomey. Toomey further added:
“We’ll be back on this because we’ll do a lot of damage. Who knows how much innovation we’re going to stifle. Who knows what kind of new apps never emerge. It’s hard to predict what kind of completely impossible mandate results in, but it’s not good, and it’s going to bring us back here trying to clean up a mess which we could have prevented.”
It is unlikely that cryptocurrency changes will be brought before the final vote in the Senate this week. If the bill is passed, it must also pass through the House of Representatives before President Biden’s promulgation.
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