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Controversial anti-crypto bill allegedly assisted by big banks

TL;DR

  • Senators Marshall and Warren enlisted big banks’ help for their anti-crypto bill, raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest.
  • JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon aligned with Senator Warren, claiming crypto is mainly used for criminal purposes.
  • Despite opposition, the bill gained support, but critics argue it overlooks criminal activity in traditional finance.

In a surprising revelation, United States Senators Roger Marshall and Elizabeth Warren have reportedly sought assistance from major banks in crafting their contentious anti-crypto bill, the Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act. 

The bill, introduced in December 2022, aims to subject various crypto technologies, including noncustodial wallets, validators, and mining pools, to stringent banking regulations within the United States. 

The admission of collaboration with the American Bankers Association (ABA) raises questions about the motivations behind the bill and its potential implications for the crypto industry.

Senators Marshall and Warren seek the banking industry’s help

A recently surfaced video, originally posted on X (formerly Twitter), features Senator Roger Marshall acknowledging that he and Senator Elizabeth Warren approached the American Bankers Association (ABA) for assistance in crafting the Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act.

The video was recorded during a parliamentary security intelligence forum in December, shedding light on their behind-the-scenes collaboration with the banking industry.

According to Marshall, their initial step in drafting the bill involved turning to the ABA, a prominent lobbying organization representing the interests of U.S. banks. 

This revelation has raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest and the influence of the banking sector on cryptocurrency regulations.

The video also mentions a meeting between Senator Warren and JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Dimon reportedly concurred with Senator Warren’s perspective that cryptocurrency is primarily a tool for criminal activities. 

This alignment of views between a prominent senator and the CEO of one of the nation’s largest banks has further fueled the debate surrounding the Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Reactions from the crypto industry and observers

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong expressed disappointment at Senators Warren and Marshall’s collaboration with banks and their apparent anti-crypto stance. Armstrong emphasized that opposing cryptocurrencies might not be a wise political strategy for the upcoming 2024 elections, considering the growing interest and adoption of digital assets.

Finance lawyer Scott Johnsson suggested that voters who disagree with Senator Warren’s stance on crypto should focus on supporting candidates in vulnerable seats that have supported her crusade against the industry.

Despite the controversy surrounding the bill, it gained additional support on December 11 when five new senators, including three members of the Banking Committee, became co-sponsors. Moreover, the Bank Policy Institute (BPI), a U.S. banking advocacy group, has endorsed the anti-crypto legislation championed by Senator Warren.

Crypto is used for illicit purposes and traditional finance

Anti-crypto advocates often argue that digital assets are predominantly used for illicit activities. However, data from blockchain analysis platform Chainalysis contradicts this assertion, revealing that less than 0.2% of cryptocurrency is involved in illicit purposes. This statistic highlights the misconception surrounding the crypto industry.

Critics of the anti-crypto bill often fail to acknowledge the prevalence of criminal activity within traditional finance. JPMorgan, for instance, has faced substantial fines totaling nearly $40 billion for various violations since 2000, according to Violation Tracker. 

This disparity in the treatment of crypto and traditional financial institutions raises questions about the bill’s fairness and the potential bias against the emerging cryptocurrency sector.

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Benson Mawira

Benson is a blockchain reporter who has delved into industry news, on-chain analysis, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), etc.His area of expertise is the cryptocurrency markets, fundamental and technical analysis.With his insightful coverage of everything in Financial Technologies, Benson has garnered a global readership.

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