Maxine Waters, chair of the USA Home of Representatives Monetary Providers Committee, pushed for added federal oversight of crypto buying and selling platforms and shopper safety amid FTX dealing with liquidity points.
In a Nov. 10 assertion, Waters cited FTX’s difficulties as the most recent instance of incidents “involving the collapse of cryptocurrency firms” and the way such occasions might doubtlessly impression shoppers in the USA. The committee chair pushed for laws establishing a framework for crypto property, highlighting her efforts with Monetary Providers Committee rating member Patrick McHenry in a invoice geared toward regulating stablecoins.
“Though FTX’s U.S.-facing firm is reportedly operational, FTX’s FTT tokens at the moment are nugatory, and even worse, FTX.com clients are fully unable to entry their funds,” mentioned Waters — although blockchain knowledge on the time of publication appeared to point out FTX withdrawals have resumed. “Now greater than ever, it’s clear that there are main penalties when cryptocurrency entities function with out sturdy federal oversight and protections for purchasers.”
The stablecoin invoice presently being negotiated between Republicans and Democrats within the Home committee should have an opportunity of being handed in 2022, in accordance with no less than one lawmaker. Nevertheless, the management of the committee might flip beginning in January relying on the end result of the election outcomes, for which votes are nonetheless being counted on the time of publication.
As of Nov. 10, it’s nonetheless unclear whether or not Republicans or Democrats could have majority management of the Home and Senate beginning in January, however some studies recommend Democrats will preserve a majority within the Senate whereas Republicans will acquire a slight majority within the Home. Ought to that be the case, McHenry would doubtless turn out to be committee chair and assume a number one position in regulating digital property starting in 2023.
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Along with Chair Waters, the Wall Avenue Journal reported on Nov. 9 that the U.S. Division of Justice and the Securities and Change Fee have been investigating FTX US, the separate enterprise entity that FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried mentioned was “not financially impacted” by FTX’s liquidity issues. In Europe, European Union Parliament Economics Committee member Stefan Berger additionally cited the scenario with FTX to push for added regulation within the crypto house: “With a world [Markets in Crypto-Assets framework], the FTX crash wouldn’t have occurred.”