- House Republicans in the U.S. have proposed a revamped version of the digital assets oversight bill, aimed at establishing a protective regulatory framework for crypto investors.
- The revised draft excludes certain traditional securities from the “digital asset” classification, potentially indicating a challenging future for DeFi.
As we navigate the constantly evolving landscape of digital assets, the United States’ House Republicans have unveiled an updated digital assets oversight bill, geared towards cultivating a safeguarded regulatory environment for cryptocurrency investors. This momentous advancement, entitled the ‘Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act’, signifies a pivotal move in the concerted efforts by the House Committees on Agriculture and Financial Services to bolster consumer protection, investor confidence, and foster U.S. leadership within the digital assets sphere.
Establishing a Clear Path for Crypto Exchanges
Originally drafted in June, the bill seeks to create a clear-cut regulatory route for cryptocurrency exchanges. The proposed legislation requires these platforms to register with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), facilitating the trading of digital securities, commodities, and stablecoins within a unified venue.
The introduction of this bill emerges at a critical juncture when the alleged absence of regulatory clarity and a surge of assertive enforcement actions are prompting established cryptocurrency entities to ponder relocating from the U.S, while concurrently discouraging startups from setting their roots there.
Potential Impact on DeFi
However, this revised proposal isn’t devoid of potential implications. Gabriel Shapiro, General Counsel of Delphi Labs, observed a significant alteration from the June discussion draft. This change, as Shapiro notes, potentially reintroduces a level of uncertainty it originally intended to clarify.
The revised bill now excludes a variety of traditional securities like stocks and bonds, from the “digital asset” categorization. Shapiro’s interpretation of this alteration suggests that a range of DeFi-related assets, such as Compound’s cTokens or Liquid Collective’s Liquid Staking Tokens, could face stringent regulation under this provision, even if currently they are not.
As such, while this bill provides a welcome stride towards regulatory clarity in the broad sphere of digital assets, the DeFi sector may well need to brace itself for potential implications that could arise from this revised legislative approach.