Michael Barr, former advisor at blockchain company Ripple Labs, will be nominated by U.S. President Joe Biden to serve as the Federal Reserve’s big bank regulator, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sarah Bloom Raskin, who was Biden’s first choice, withdrew her nomination in March after Sen. Joe Manchin, the conservative-leaning Democrat from West Virginia, said that he would not vote to confirm her due to her progressive stance on climate change. The Democrats hold only a narrow majority in the Senate, which is why it is critical to secure a vote from Manchin.
Progressive Democratic senators—most notably Massachusetts’s Elizabeth Warren—are likely to take issue with Barr’s role at Ripple Labs due to her anti-cryptocurrency stance. It remains to be seen whether she will be on board with Biden’s new nominee.
Ripple is still in the middle of its high-profile legal battle with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission that originally started in December 2020. As reported by U.Today, CEO Brad Garlinghouse recently said that things were going “exceedingly well” for Ripple, predicting that the outcome will be favorable for the defendants. In early March, the court denied Garlinghouse and Larsen’s twin motions to dismiss the lawsuit.