Crypto Clash: Republicans Challenge SEC's Rule Change, Igniting a Fight for the Future of Crypto

15 Jun 2023

In a clash of ideologies, Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee have taken a bold stand against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). With an impassioned letter these lawmakers have declared war on what they perceive as stifling regulation that threatens to smother the digital asset ecosystem and drive innovation overseas. As the battle lines are being drawn, Democrats and Republicans continue to find themselves at odds, offering diverging visions for the future of crypto.

On June 13th, all Republicans members of the House Financial Services Committee sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) demanding they immediately rescind the proposed rule to change the definition of "exchange". 

This proposed rule would change the definition of "exchange" to include "systems that offer the use of non-firm trading interest and communications protocols to bring together buyers and sellers of securities”.

The SEC proposed this amendment back in March of 2022.

The group of Republican lawmakers argued, in their letter, that the proposed rule change will "effectively shut down development of the digital asset ecosystem and continue to stagnate U.S. technological innovation". 

Committee Members go on to claim the SEC is exceeding their authority, and the agency aims to not only regulate digital asset platforms, but also regulate platforms that allow for peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions. 

The lawmakers also argue that this harsh regulation by the SEC is driving crypto companies to do business in other countries. 

Here is a direct link to the

“Given the goals of this Proposed Rule, it is clear that Chair Gensler is using this proposal to push his own personal views regarding digital assets. Chair Gensler has previously made statements on his own behalf claiming that DeFi exchanges are essentially equivalent to traditional intermediaries in financial markets even if they call themselves something different. He has also appeared before this Committee, testifying that ‘given that most crypto tokens are securities, it follows that many crypto intermediaries are transacting in securities and have to register with the SEC.’ It appears this Proposed Rule is an attempt to assert this personal view as official SEC policy without adequate analysis or justification."
Letter from the House Financial Services Committee


Recently, it is becoming more clear that the Republicans seem to be more welcoming to crypto, whereas the Democrats have generally been antagonistic toward crypto. 

Earlier this week, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer and U.S. Representative Warren Davidson, both Republicans, submitted the SEC Stabilization Act to remove Gary Gensler as Chair of the SEC and to completely reform the agency. 

On the other side of the political aisle, you also have U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren leading the charge against crypto with her bill, the "Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act". 

Senator Warren has also argued that crypto is used by criminals, terrorists, and rogue states to launder billions of dollars and fund terrorism. 


What are your thoughts on this news?

Do you think this coordinated effort by the Republican Committee members will be effective?

In your opinion, which side of the United States political aisle has been more crypto-friendly?

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Interesting to see how this will turn out!
It's an interesting time for crypto. I think it'll hold strong and come out the other side but i think there's probably stormy waters ahead for a while until this stuff calms down. It's a good time if you're a HODLer
One of the challenge SEC keep having is defining what is security token and utility token
The battle for the future of crypto intensifies as Republicans challenge the SEC's rule change.
Senator Warren will be infamous in the history of crypto regulation
SEC will be the driving force to move crypto out of the U.S and help shift global power to people rather than nations