Voices from the Crypto Community: Assessing the Contenders for the Next US House Speaker

As of the latest update, the United States found itself in an unprecedented situation, with the Speaker’s chair in the House of Representatives remaining empty after the ousting of Kevin McCarthy. This historic vacancy left the legislative branch in a state of paralysis, highlighting the urgency to elect a new Speaker. Scheduled for October 11, the upcoming vote has put forward prominent Republican figures, Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise, as front-runners for the position, with former President Donald Trump publicly endorsing Jordan despite his controversial statements regarding the 2020 election.

In the interim, Patrick McHenry, known for his favorable stance on cryptocurrencies, stepped in as the acting Speaker. However, he is not expected to compete for the role permanently. The Speaker’s race has significant implications, especially for the crypto community. Ron Hammond, the director of government relations at the Blockchain Association, emphasized the deadlock’s legislative impact, particularly on crypto-related bills. Hammond also noted that other factors, such as the ongoing criminal trial of Sam Bankman-Fried and international conflicts like the Israel-Hamas war, might delay crucial bills, including those related to stablecoins, until late in the year or even into 2024.

Ji Kim, head of global policy for the Crypto Council for Innovation, highlighted the growing importance of crypto in Congress. However, pending legislations like the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act and the Clarity for Payment Stablecoin Act face delays until a new Speaker is elected, further complicating the crypto landscape.

The Speaker selection process itself is shrouded in uncertainty. The previous ordeal that led to McCarthy’s appointment involved 15 rounds of voting, causing a significant legislative standstill. Jordan and Scalise, the current contenders, have not expressed explicit positions on crypto-related matters, leaving the community in suspense about their potential policies.

Amid this uncertainty, bills related to cryptocurrencies that gained approval from the House Financial Services Committee earlier in July could face delays. The looming possibility of a government shutdown in November adds another layer of complexity, potentially impeding progress even further.

In this climate of political upheaval, the fate of crypto-related legislation hangs in the balance. The outcome of the Speaker’s race and the subsequent direction taken by the new Speaker will significantly shape the future of cryptocurrencies in the United States.

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