On Sunday night, the Senate further delayed the vote on the infrastructure bill to Tuesday to allow for more time to debate two competing amendments to a cryptocurrency tax provision, which was initially included in the bill as a pay-for to help the government raise some $28 billion for the infrastructure spending. That’s likely increasing optimism among traders that cooler heads prevail, said D.A. Davidson’s Chris Brendler.
The senators behind the competing amendments offered a compromise amendment late Monday morning crafted with the Treasury Department, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said in a press conference Monday.
The bitcoin community made more than 35,000 calls to lawmakers and beefed up its lobbying efforts in the past week. Amid the weekend debate some lawmakers including Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have emerged as defenders of the cryptocurrency industry — rallying their social media followers to call their senators and urge them to take a do-no-harm approach to the infrastructure bill’s crypto tax provision — joining crypto advocates Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. and Toomey.
The markets are probably, at least in part, reacting to the fact that crypto’s getting serious consideration and has a growing number of allies on Capitol Hill, Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Monday.
“There has been a surprisingly large pro-crypto stance taken in the course of this,” he said. “It’s one of these things where, even if it loses in this particular amendment, a lot of senators have ended up taking crypto stances that never said anything before publicly. It’s showing there’s a much bigger presence in Washington of cryptocurrency interest than people expected going into that.”
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