US: Lawmaker Calls for More Action from Congress on Regulating Crypto

Congressman Bill Huizenga has urged for the U.S. Congress to focus on crypto regulation in an interview with Bloomberg July 27. Huizenga wants to see more oversight in what he considers the “muddied and fairly opaque” initial coin offering (ICOs) and digital assets markets.

Speaking in his Capitol Hill office, Huizenga argued that Congress should empower financial regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to regulate the market in compliance with the same rules governing other currencies and stocks.

Huizenga said that the main reason for focusing on crypto regulation is to guarantee that investors dealing with ICOs and cryptocurrencies are protected and provided a due level of transparency.

The Michigan Republican said that lawmakers from both parties, while admitting a need for action, still have not reached an agreement on how crypto markets should be regulated.

The key challenge of regulation is agreeing on how digital currencies should be classified,  Huizenga concluded, claiming that, “Everyone’s trying to figure out whether it’s fish or fowl. It turns out it might be a platypus. It’s kind of an unknown, or something sort of in between. How do we deal with that?”

The congressman echoed the sentiments of Coinbase’s Chief Legal and Risk Officer Mike Lempres who pointed out that financial regulators classify digital tokens within the obligations of their institution. While the SEC considers cryptocurrencies as securities, the CFTC argues that digital tokens are commodities…

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