Crypto firms like Coinbase and Robinhood, along with the US commodities regulator representatives, will testify before Congress on June 6 to address a recently introduced crypto legislation. During the testimony, the trio will express their respective company’s or agency’s perspectives on a proposed bill that includes the potential classification of specific crypto tokens as digital commodities, among other provisions.
The Chief Legal Officer of Coinbase, Paul Grewal, forewarned that the United States is lagging and jeopardizing the loss of jobs, innovation, and investment in foreign countries. Grewal stated in a Twitter thread that “the U.S. is falling behind and we cannot afford to ignore crypto while other markets take advantage of our absence, developing rules and regulations that enable the industry to thrive and risk sending jobs, investment, and technological leadership overseas,”
Other witnesses summoned to testify include former CFTC chair Chris Giancarlo, former CFTC commissioner Dan Berkvitz, and Walt Lukken, founder of FIAconnect. Grewal will further affirm his endorsement of the proposed crypto bill, emphasizing its significance in offering long-awaited regulatory transparency.
The Digital Asset Market Structure Discussion Draft was released on June 2. It was spearheaded by Republican congressmen Patrick McHenry and Glenn Thompson.
The draft focuses on setting up a legislative framework for digital asset regulation to enhance clarity, address regulatory gaps, promote innovation, and ensure consumer safeguards.
Grewal expressed his perspective on the draft and praised it as a “considered endeavour”. Furthermore, he added that it is a significant stride forward, urging bipartisan cooperation among lawmakers and prompt action. In his summary during the testimony, he contends that “digital assets cannot be uniformly classified under any existing regulatory category since some qualify as commodities, some as securities, some as neither, and some defy existing classification frameworks”.