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Senate Reaches Last-Minute Deal on Crypto But Hurdles Remain

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Senate Reaches Last-Minute Deal on Crypto But Hurdles Remain

The ongoing drama over a proposed law that could roil the crypto industry took a further twist on Monday morning as key Senators announced they had reached a new bipartisan agreement “to fix the digital asset reporting requirements in the infrastructure bill.”

The details are expected to be announced at 11:30am ET by Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-Wy) and Pat Toomey (R-Oh), who have been leading a fight to strike a measure that could designate a broad swath of crypto entities—from developers to wallet providers—as “brokers” for tax-reporting purposes.

On Thursday, Lummis and Toomey were poised to pass a key amendment that would have allayed the crypto industry’s fears over the “brokers” provision. But other Senators introduced a counter-measure that would have only created an exemption for proof-of-work projects, and the process bogged down in wrangling over the weekend.

The announcement on Monday could reflect a last-minute compromise, but it’s unclear if the Senate will have time to pass it. On Sunday night, the body invoked cloture on debate over the larger $1 trillion infrastructure bill—of which the crypto “broker” provision is one part—which means any changes will have to occur by unanimous consent before a final vote on Tuesday.

But another key ally of the crypto industry, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Or), tweeted on Monday that unanimous consent could be possible.

But unanimous consent may be hard to obtain given the objections of some Senators to the bill, which has overall bipartisan support. The final outcome of the last-minute scramble to amend the crypto provisions should be come clear later on Monday.

If the Senate fails to pass the Lummis amendment, the crypto industry is expected to shift its focus to the House of Representatives, which must pass its own version of the bill. Changes in the House are unlikely, however, which means that the industry would then have to press the Treasury Department—which would be in charge of enforcing the crypto provision—to adopt a narrow interpretation of “crypto.”


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