US Legislator says why there's no Congress crypto ban
An American lawmaker has stated that cryptocurrency has "too much money and power" behind it to be banned. "There's too much money and influence behind it," said Representative Brad Sherman of the United States, explaining why Congress has not banned BTC.
Specifically, he elaborated: "Money for lobbying and campaign contributions works, or else people wouldn't do it, and that is why we haven't prohibited crypto."
Regulation and the Reasons Why Congress Won't Ban Crypto
In an interview published on Sunday by the Los Angeles Times, Congressman Brad Sherman, a Democrat from California, discussed his thoughts on BTC and its regulation. The member of Congress from California who is in charge of a House subcommittee on investor protection has expressed a desire to criminalize cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Ethereum. Still, he does not expect Congress will act on his proposal.
He told the news source, "I don't think we're going to ban crypto any time soon," and he was correct. "Money for lobbying and campaign contributions works, or people wouldn't do it," Sherman remarked, expanding on his previous statement as he continued: "and that's why we haven't prohibited crypto." We didn't stop it in the beginning because we didn't understand how significant it would become, and we aren't putting a stop to it now because there's too much money and power invested in it.
The congressman is concerned not just about the possibility of individual investors being cheated but also about the possibility of bitcoin being a risk to the national security of the United States. He believes that BTC poses a systemic risk, provides opportunities for criminals, and undermines the US currency's dominance. The congressman expresses a heightened concern regarding cryptocurrency mixing businesses like Tornado Cash.
The Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury Department issued a ban on the Ethereum mixing program in August. The reason for the prohibition was the OFAC's accusation that the application assisted North Korean hackers, such as the hacking syndicate known as the Lazarus Group.
He believes BTC is a fad that people invest in with the expectation of making a profit by trading it for another asset before its value plummets. That's one of the perks of participating in a Ponzi scheme. After that, Sherman continued his discussion on the regulation without a prohibition.
Comparing BTC to a stock or other type of investment, he believes that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ought to supervise the BTC industry. He bases this opinion on the SEC's size, competence, and aggressive enforcement measures.
However, to make the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) the primary regulator of the cryptocurrency business in the United States, three different measures have been presented in Congress in 2018.
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