The COINS Act is designed to eliminate the $1 federal reserve note from circulation by increasing the circulation of coins and reducing the circulation of the paper currency over three years. At the end of three years, the Federal Reserve will not be allowed to distribute the $1 not. The bill does allow the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to continue to distribute the $1 note as a collectible for numismatists.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and co-sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Mark Udall (D-CO). It supports the GAO reports that suggest the potential savings of using the coin over paper will be $13 billion.
If you are in the Washington, DC area and what to talk about the COINS Act, the briefing will be held a noon at the Russell Senate Office Building in Room 385. Attending the briefing for the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste and The Dollar Coin Alliance:
- Aaron Klein, Former Chief economist for the Senate Banking Committee and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
- William Christian, Director of Government Affairs, The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
- Former Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), Honorary Co-Chair of the Dollar Coin Alliance
If you cannot attend the briefing, take the opportunity to contact your senators to let them know how you feel about the bill.