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Senate confirms Philip Jefferson as Federal Reserve’s next Vice chair

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  • Philip Jefferson has been confirmed as the next vice chair of the Federal Reserve by the U.S. Senate with an 88 to 10 vote.
  • Jefferson’s confirmation follows Lael Brainard’s resignation earlier this year.
  • Jefferson’s vice chair role is in addition to his term as a governor, ending in 2036.

The Senate has confirmed Philip Jefferson as the next vice chair of the Federal Reserve. The decision, which came with an overwhelming majority of 88 to 10 votes on September 6, underscores the evolving dynamics of the country’s monetary policy leadership.

Jefferson’s confirmation follows the resignation of Lael Brainard earlier this year. U.S. President Joe Biden had previously expressed his intention in May to nominate Thomas Jefferson to fill the void left by Brainard. However, it was Philip Jefferson who ultimately secured the coveted position. His tenure as vice chair will be in addition to his ongoing term as a governor, which is set to conclude in 2036.

The Senate’s decision comes when other significant nominations are on the horizon. Fed Governor Lisa Cook is running for a full 14-year term, while former U.S. Department of Labor Chief Economist Adriana Kugler is being considered for one of the board’s vacant seats. Should they be confirmed, both Cook and Kugler will serve until 2037.

The leadership composition of federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve, plays a pivotal role in shaping the regulatory approach to emerging technologies like cryptocurrencies and blockchain. While there has been speculation about the Federal Reserve’s interest in introducing a central bank digital currency, such plans are on the back burner for now. Notably, potential 2024 presidential candidate Ron DeSantis has expressed his reservations about the Fed venturing into the digital currency domain.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, in his address to Congress in June, emphasized the need for a comprehensive federal strategy to oversee stablecoins. Powell, a proponent of multiple interest rate hikes set to impact markets in 2023, is expected to complete his current term at the Fed in 2028. As the U.S. financial sector undergoes these transitions, the decisions made by its leadership will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for the nation’s economic trajectory.

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