Janet Yellen Lobbying Against Favorable Amendment to Cryptocurrency Tax Provision
According to a report by The Washington Post, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen privately voiced her dissatisfaction with a favorable amendment to the cryptocurrency tax provision in the infrastructure bill that was proposed by a bipartisan group of senators, namely Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY).
Yellen reportedly had a conversation with Wyden to sway the Democratic lawmaker, according to sources privy to the matter.
The plot thickens
While it seemed like the crypto industry was close to succeeding in its effort to get the rewrite it wants after flexing its impressive lobbying muscles in Washington, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), the lawmaker behind the cryptocurrency-related provision unexpectedly came up with a dueling amendment together with Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA). It only proposes to exclude proof-of-work miners as well as software and hardware sellers.
The Portman-Warner plan has a major ace up its sleeve: the support of the Biden administration. White House spokesperson Andrew Bates praised the alternative amendment for striking the right balance.
Some members of the Bitcoin community had a feeling of schadenfreude, and the supporters of popular proof-of-stake blockchains were up in arms. As reported by U.Today, IOHK Charles Hoskinson was particularly critical of the last-minute amendment, urging his American followers to contact their senators. Several Cardano stake pool operators claimed that they would have to leave the U.S if the
Coin Center’s Jerry Brito claimed that the U.S. government was trying to pick winners and losers by prioritizing proof-of-work over proof-of-stake, a statement that was also echoed by Ripple’s general counsel Stuart Alderoty.
Senators are expected to hold a high-stakes vote to choose one of the competing amendments on Saturday.
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