- The U.S Congress banking committee discusses the future of digital money and payments
- Former U.S Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman is among the witnesses set to present to the committee.
With over 32 bills on digital currencies and payment systems introduced in the 116th U.S Congress, these new technologies got yet another day in the lawmakers’ chambers. According to a remote hearing earlier today, the U.S Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs discussed the “Digitization of Money and Payments.”
Details released on the hearing put forward three witnesses who vouched for digital payments, stablecoins and presented the advantages of developing a digital dollar. The witnesses are Former CFTC chairman and Senior Counsel at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Christopher. J. Giancarlo, Paxos co-founder and CEO, Charles Cascarilla, and Professor of Law at Duke University, Prof. Nakita Q. Cuttino.
In his pre-written statement to the committee, Giancarlo urges that the development of new financial systems to push America into the 21st century. He focuses on the long settlement and bank transfer times, land titles issuance, and recent delays in distribution of the $2 trillion stimulus checks – some taking a month to reflect in citizen’s accounts.
To bring new technological solutions, Giancarlo, who launched the Digital Dollar Project, a non-profit organization aiming to digitize the greenback, will be explaining the need to have a digital USD. He further wrote:
“The United States must take a leadership role in this next wave of digital innovation or be prepared to accept that the innovation will incorporate the values of America’s global competitors.”
Cascarilla looks to focus on stablecoins, and the possible creation of a Fed-controlled digital token, a CBDC. Given the current challenges in the banking system, Charles believes the integration of stablecoins is critical to the U.S’ financial infrastructure and maintaining its position in global economics.
He concluded his statement:
“Supporting growth and innovation with a US CBDC would facilitate the necessary upgrades to our financial infrastructure, reduce systemic risk, increase inclusion for all Americans and reinforce our values and the long-term position of the US dollar.”
According to Nikita’s statement, the development of digitized payment and money systems needs to focus on “the time and access frictions facing low-income Americans.” While digital payments streamline traditional banking, there are challenges still that obscure the countrywide adoption of these new technologies.
“Congress must critically review innovations like CBDCs and stablecoins to ensure novel forms do not belie true functions. In terms of financial inclusion, this means ensuring that promises of open access are achievable and ultimately achieved.”