US lawmaker hints at upcoming crypto legislation as Jerome Powell says Fed will release report on digital currency soon

At his verification hearing in front of members of the Senate Banking Committee, Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell stated the company would be launching its report on cryptocurrencies “within weeks.”

Addressing Idaho Senator Mike Crapo from another location from the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Tuesday, Powell stated the Fed’s report on digital currencies wasn’t “quite where we needed to get it” however would be launched soon regardless. The Fed chair mentioned “changes in monetary policy” as part of the factor for the postponed report, which is anticipated to attend to policy surrounding the possible rollout of a reserve bank digital currency in the United States.

“It’s more going to be an exercise in asking questions and seeking input from the public rather than taking a lot of positions on various issues, although we do take some positions,” stated Powell. “The report really is ready to go and I would expect we will drop it — I hate to say it again — in coming weeks.”

Powell’s statement comes the very same day Minnesota Representative Tom Emmer hinted on Twitter that he would be revealing brand-new legislation associated to digital currency, without offering specifics. It’s uncertain if the upcoming expense would be intended at “fixing” the meaning of a broker in the facilities law, which worked November 2021, or another regulative course to motivate development in the crypto market.

During his time as Fed chair, Powell has actually recommended there was no enter the U.S. launching a digital dollar regardless of other nations, consisting of China, continuing with CBDCs. In December, he spoke in favor of stablecoins, stating they might be a “useful, efficient consumer-serving part of the financial system if they’re properly regulated.”

Should he get more than 50 votes when his election goes to the complete Senate, Powell would be re-confirmed as the Fed chair for another 4 years. Lael Brainard will likewise be resolving U.S. legislators in a Thursday hearing concerning her verification as the Fed vice chair, changing Richard Clarida.

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At least 3 seats at the Federal Reserve’s board of guvs will be open to elections from U.S. President Joe Biden in 2022 following the departure of Clarida, who the other day revealed he planned to resign on Jan. 14 ahead of his term ending. Biden is apparently thinking about Duke University law teacher Sarah Bloom Raskin to sign up with the group of 7 guvs, in addition to economic experts Lisa Cook and Philip Jefferson.

Cointelegraph connected to Tom Emmer’s workplace, however did not get a reaction at the time of publication.