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Biden’s Veto Upholds Bank Crypto Custody Blocker Despite SAB 121 Cancellation – Ledger Insights

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President Biden’s Veto of SAB 121 Resolution: Negative Impact on Banks but Limited Political Consequences

President Biden’s recent veto of the SAB 121 resolution has sparked controversy within the banking and cryptocurrency industries. The resolution, which aimed to overturn the SEC’s staff accounting bulletin preventing banks from offering digital asset custody services, had bipartisan support in Congress and the Senate. However, the President’s veto has effectively upheld the SEC’s rule, much to the disappointment of many in the banking sector.

The SEC’s decision to implement SAB 121 without consulting banking regulators has raised concerns about the impact on banks, which are experienced in providing custody services for client assets. Critics argue that the rule makes it overly expensive for banks to offer custody for cryptocurrencies and tokenized securities, potentially limiting consumer access to these assets.

President Biden defended his veto, stating that overturning SAB 121 would restrict the SEC’s ability to regulate digital asset custody and could undermine consumer protections. However, some lawmakers, such as Senator Cynthia Lummis, have criticized the President’s decision, arguing that the SEC should not use staff accounting bulletins to dictate industry policies.

Despite the political implications of the veto, the issue of SAB 121 may not have significant consequences for the President. With Democrats giving mixed messages on cryptocurrency regulation and the SEC recently classifying Ether as a commodity, the decision to uphold SAB 121 may not have a major impact on public opinion. Ultimately, the debate over digital asset custody services continues to be a contentious issue for both the banking industry and regulators.

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