About the bill
A recent Politico Magazine headline asked, “Is the Coronavirus Killing Off Cash?”
Even before COVID-19, an increasing percentage of Americans were using non-cash payment options, including credit cards and apps like Venmo, PayPal, Cash App, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. Now pandemic-era social distancing measures have made many customers even more reluctant to physically handle cash, a surface which can carry the virus for two to three days.
More and more businesses are declaring themselves cash-free, and that’s legal. “All United States money… are a valid and legal offer of payment,” the Treasury Department explains. “There is, however, no federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods and/or services. Private businesses are free to …
Sponsor and status
Donald Payne Jr.
Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 10th congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: May 9, 2019
Length: 5 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced on May 9, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
56 Cosponsors (41 Democrats, 15 Republicans)
What legislators are saying
“Rep. Payne, Jr. Fights to Protect Cash as Payment Choice for Customers”
— Rep. Donald Payne Jr. [D-NJ10] (Sponsor) on May 21, 2020
“Rose Pushes Fed Chair to Provide Answers for Coin Shortage”
— Rep. John W. Rose [R-TN6] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 17, 2020
May 9, 2019
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Jan 30, 2020
Considered by House Committee on Financial Services
A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.
May 17, 2022
Reintroduced Bill — Ordered Reported
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 4395 (117th).
H.R. 2650 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2650. This is the one from the 116th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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