The CEO of stablecoin issuer Circle, Jeremy Allaire, issued a stern warning, emphasizing the urgent need for Congress to regulate stablecoins in order to safeguard the US dollar’s status as a global reserve currency.
In a compelling two-minute video, Allaire, representing Circle, the issuer of USD Coin (USDC), directed his message specifically to lawmakers.
His plea joins a chorus of voices urging Congress to grasp the significance of the current situation, as they prepare to vote on stablecoin legislation that is currently undergoing refinement under the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC).
With the stakes high and the fate of the dollar’s global prominence hanging in the balance, the gravity of swift and effective regulatory action cannot be understated.
Stablecoin Regulation Vital To Preserve USD Global Dominance
In a video shared on Twitter, Allaire delivered a resolute message to policymakers on Thursday, underscoring the critical need to protect stablecoins in order to prevent the erosion of the greenback’s preeminence.
What does a cup of coffee have to do with the future of the global economic system? As the US Congress prepares for its first vote on Stablecoin laws, US political leaders have a choice to make about the US and Dollar competitiveness. A video for political leaders below. $USDC pic.twitter.com/9sQyZwq4WE
— Jeremy Allaire (@jerallaire) July 13, 2023
The Circle CEO emphasized:
“If the dollar is to remain the world reserve currency… then we need to build trust in digital dollars and regulate stablecoins today.”
His statements come as Democrats and Republicans continue to grapple with divergent viewpoints on the matter, gradually working towards a compromise regarding the level of authority the Federal Reserve should wield in overseeing issuers, among other crucial considerations.
Addressing the pivotal question of which digital currency will drive global commerce, Allaire stated:
“The real question is whether global commerce will happen in digital dollars, or digital euros or yuan.”
Threats To The Dollar
In June, in prepared remarks before Congress, Allaire reiterated his concerns about the potential consequences of inaction regarding regulation. This came shortly after Republicans unveiled the third draft of their stablecoin legislation.
The Circle CEO specifically highlighted the competitive threat posed by China’s digital yuan, as well as the steady decline in the dollar’s share of global currency reserves over the past eight years.
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Emphasizing the pivotal nature of the current moment, Allaire reiterated that the US finds itself at a critical crossroads. The nation must make a decisive choice: Will it ensure that the dollar remains the foundational currency of the internet, or will it cede leadership to other nations?
The ramifications of this decision are far-reaching and will profoundly shape the trajectory of global financial systems, Allaire cautioned.
With mounting competitive pressures and the evolving landscape of digital currencies, Allaire’s message to Congress underscores the urgency for swift action to protect the dollar’s prominence and to establish a robust regulatory framework for stablecoins.
Failure to address these concerns promptly could lead to significant repercussions for the US economic standing in the global arena.
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