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The U.S. House’s spending bill becomes a barrier for SEC’s Gensler in tackling crypto

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  • A provision was introduced Wednesday to the U.S. House of Representatives spending bill that would strip financing from SEC enforcement proceedings against crypto firms.
  • On Wednesday, Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), one of the sector’s closest advocates on Capitol Hill, criticized SEC Chair Gary Gensler for trying to steer the crypto industry with enforcement actions rather than legislation.
  • The majority Whip said, “My amendment prohibits the SEC from using funds for enforcement activities related to digital asset transactions until Congress passes legislation […] This will keep Chair Gensler – who has proven himself to be ineffective and incompetent – in check”  

Tom Emmer, a vocal crypto supporter, recently suggested a regulatory amendment that was debated and agreed by lawmakers. The senior House member advocated for the insertion of an SEC blocking provision and implemented it in the government’s spending plan. 

The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has been known to take action against crypto providers, this is by even steering the big players like Binance and Coinbase. However, the regulatory authority’s crypto takedown has not been taken positively. 

How the US spending bill becomes a barrier for the SEC 

Recent events highlight how the US House Representatives have been weighing in on the 2024 year-spending bill legislation. This took further direction to an additional proceeding on Wednesday, and it majorly targets how to deprive funding from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the regulatory body’s actions on cryptocurrency takedown. 

Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn) authored the big move, and this proves his support of cryptocurrencies. R-Minn is also one of the closest allies to the crypto industry on Capitol Hill. Emmer was also recently considered by his colleagues to take up the role of House Speaker. 

On November 8, the SEC’s chair, Gary Gensler, was challenged and criticized by the senior House member. Emmer pointed out that the SEC’s intentions are based on the enforcement of actions rather than implementing regulatory policies. The bill proposed was to target the SEC and control its actions in trying to take down crypto. 

Several amendments on Wednesday also revised the House appropriation bill, and the Financial Service and General Government Application Act of 2024 was added to Emmer’s. In total, over 100 amendments were made to the bill proposal, which the members approved of the house in a voice vote. 

He started by highlighting his major focus on fostering his amendment and said:

 Regulation by enforcement is a practice all too common with this administration. This is particularly the case at the SEC and Chair Gary Gensler’s approach towards our capital markets and financial services industry, but especially with our emerging digital assets community.

Majority Whip Tom Emmer 

Additionally, Emmer explained:

 My amendment seeks to put an end to Chair Gensler’s pattern of regulatory abuse, a pattern that is crushing American innovation and capital formation, without undermining our ability to go after criminals and fraudsters.

Majority Whip Tom Emmer 

SEC’s Chair, Gary Gensler, is in trouble 

The move targeted the SEC and its Chair Gensler, and Emmer shared harsh comments about the SEC official. In light of his role as chair, Emmer believes he has showcased a series of patterns that prove his incompetence for the role in the regulatory body. 

Emmer commented on the matter in his floor amendment statement and said:

 My amendment prohibits the SEC from using funds for enforcement activities related to digital asset transactions until Congress passes legislation that gives the SEC jurisdiction over this asset class.

Majority Whip Tom Emmer 

In his floor statement amendment, Emmer elaborated on the benefits of the proposal. 

This will keep Chair Gensler – who has proven himself to be ineffective and incompetent – in check while Congress continues working to give this industry a chance to grow and develop right here in the United States.

Majority Whip Tom Emmer 

Notably, the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats who are closely aligned with Chair Gensler, has to approve the House appropriations package. Sherrod Brown, the Senate Banking Committee Chairman (D-Ohio), has supported Gensler’s actions against crypto. 

However, former representatives and co-chairs of Blockchain Innovation Project, Tim Ryan and David Mclntosh, have also supported Emmer’s amendment and elaborated, “Now the Senate must continue working towards common sense, bipartisan solution that allows blockchain technology to thrive while protecting American consumers and investors.”

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Florence Muchai

Florence is a crypto enthusiast and writer who loves to travel. As a digital nomad, she explores the transformative power of blockchain technology. Her writing reflects the limitless possibilities for humanity to connect and grow.

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