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Congress Pushes SEC For Bitcoin ETF Approvals
A bipartisan Congressional group has urged SEC Chair Gary Gensler to greenlight Bitcoin ETFs, underscoring the need for transparency and enhanced investor protection.
In a united show of force, members from both sides of the aisle in Congress are applying pressure on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler, championing the approval of Bitcoin (BTC) spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and calling for equitable practices.
Ahead of Gensler's presentation to the House Financial Services Committee, letters outlining the urgency for impartiality and fortified protection for cryptocurrency investors were dispatched.
The letter, bearing signatures from Tom Emmer, Mike Flood, Wiley Nickel, and Ritchie Torres, underscores the SEC’s dual mandate: Maintaining the integrity of investment safety measures while enabling access to novel investment avenues.
The Congress members spotlight the recent legal tussle between Grayscale and the SEC. The pivotal ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia sided with Grayscale, critiquing the SEC’s inconsistent approach towards Bitcoin ETFs.
The heart of Congress's support for Bitcoin ETFs lies in the assertion that such instruments could amplify transparency and investor safety in the Bitcoin arena.
The officials posit that the SEC should remain consistent with its directives, greenlighting regulated Bitcoin ETFs, especially since stakeholders have heeded Gensler's call to register with the governing body.
On another front, GOP members voiced reservations about the feedback from stakeholders and its economic ramifications. They suggest a moratorium on any licensing, advocating for an exhaustive review encompassing community insights and expert opinions.
This comprehensive scrutiny would encapsulate a thorough cost-analysis, evaluations of the feedback received, and a deep dive into potential implications, with a vision to devise strategies that cater to retail investors and boost capital generation.
McHenry Expresses Concern Over SEC's Stance
Amidst the ongoing discussions, Chairman Patrick McHenry took a firm stance, criticizing Gensler for seemingly sidestepping oversight mandates. McHenry's stern reminder about the potential of a congressional subpoena underscored the importance of transparency.
Journalist Eleanor Terret points out the evident ideological rift between Democrats and Republicans concerning Gensler’s tenure at the SEC, indicative of the simmering frustration among legislative members.
A pivotal debate during the discourse revolved around Bitcoin’s classification. Gensler clarified that Bitcoin doesn't satisfy the criteria of the Howey Test, which discerns if assets can be deemed securities by prevailing legislation.
As discussions advance, all eyes are fixed on Gensler, awaiting his responses to the pressing concerns put forth by Congress. The resulting decisions stand to impact the trajectory of Bitcoin ETFs and the broader regulatory schema surrounding digital currencies.
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