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U.S. financial authorities are preparing to actively regulate the $1.5 trillion cryptocurrency market amid growing concerns of a lack of oversight, the Financial Times reports.

Why it matters: New efforts under the Biden administration reflect a break from the Trump-era approach, in which the administration at times encouraged cryptocurrency use within the financial system.

Michael Hsu, who was appointed this month as acting U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, told the FT that he wants U.S. officials to work together to set a "regulatory perimeter" for crypto.

  • Hsu testified at a congressional hearing earlier this month that, after seeing fintechs create new payment processing tools, "it is hard not to feel some déjà vu" to the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis.
  • The new techniques give rise “to a large and less regulated shadow banking system," he said.

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How crypto jammed the Senate

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In a sign of the times, cryptocurrency regulations held up a massive infrastructure bill in the U.S. Senate.

Catch up quick: A crypto tax reporting amendment to the $1 trillion package sought to bring in some $28 billion in new tax revenue.

  • A vote was held today at around 4:30 p.m. ET, potentially determining how the crypto industry evolves in the U.S. —  in a bill completely unrelated to crypto. The amendment needed unanimous consent to make the cut, but an objection from Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) prevented it from being adopted.

The big picture: As CoinDesk’s Nikhilesh De reports, the crypto industry fears the passage of the bill might lead to businesses and developers leaving the U.S.

  • At issue is a provision that would broadly define the term "broker," leading to fears that non-broker entities would be forced to shut down for non-compliance.
  • Brokers specifically need identifying information from customers when facilitating crypto transactions, which miners, validators, developers and hardware manufacturers – the firms and individuals undergirding the crypto economy – may not have.
  • These companies may choose to leave the U.S., lock out U.S. customers or just shut down their operations if forced to comply with these regulations, putting a dent in a rapidly-growing industry within the U.S.

The latest:  Despite much angst on crypto Twitter, the Senate rejected a compromise on Monday to narrow the scope of the rule to only those entities that actually facilitate transactions for customers.

  • The industry's eyes now turn to the House of Representatives, which could modify the language before passing the bill.

House passes $768 billion defense spending bill

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The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday.

Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions.

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Republicans’ secret lobbying

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The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House.

Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. The senators are working to undercut that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.