Coinbase, Robinhood, CFTC, Summoned to Congressional Hearing on Proposed Crypto Bill

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Key takeaways:

  • Coinbase, Robinhood, and representatives from the United States commodities regulator are set to provide testimony before Congress regarding a newly proposed crypto bill.
  • The testimony comes at a pivotal time when authorities are gunning for crypto businesses.

In a significant development for the cryptocurrency industry, two prominent crypto exchanges, Coinbase and Robinhood, along with representatives from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), have been summoned to testify before Congress. 

The hearing aims to discuss a newly proposed crypto bill that could have far-reaching implications for the digital asset landscape.

The bill under consideration introduces several regulatory measures, including the potential classification of certain crypto tokens as digital commodities. Such a classification could have profound implications for their legal status, trading, and oversight.

In a statement on June 5, Coinbase’s Chief Legal Officer, Paul Grewal, expressed his anticipation and privilege of testifying before the House Committee on Agriculture on Capitol Hill. Grewal stated that he would be representing Coinbase and sharing the company’s perspectives on the recently released Digital Asset Market Structure Discussion Draft.

Coinbase’s Chief Legal Officer, Paul Grewal, emphasized the importance of establishing clear guidelines for the regulation of digital assets and their underlying technology. In an article, Grewal stated that cryptocurrencies are addressing real-world issues and called for a defined path to protect responsible innovation.

He expressed the need for Congress to determine specific boundaries, such as when digital assets should be treated as commodities or securities, and when certain financial regulations might not be suitable or logical.

Coinbase, known for its persistent push for clearer regulatory frameworks in the cryptocurrency sector, has recently taken steps to encourage the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt regulations on digital assets.

In a significant move, Coinbase submitted a response supporting its petition for a writ of mandamus to the SEC.

The timing of Coinbase’s upcoming congressional testimony is noteworthy, particularly in light of recent developments involving its rival exchange, Binance. The SEC recently filed 13 charges against Binance, adding an extra layer of significance to Coinbase’s appearance before Congress.

The congressional hearing, titled “Providing Clarity for Digital Asset Spot Markets: The Future of Digital Assets,” is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The hearing follows recent news of a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against cryptocurrency exchange Binance.

 Additionally, the timing coincides with the release of draft legislation by House Agriculture Chair Glenn “GT” Thompson, which aims to regulate the crypto industry.

In addition to representatives from Coinbase, the hearing will feature testimony from former SEC Commissioner Dan Gallagher, currently serving as the Chief Legal Compliance and Corporate Affairs Officer at Robinhood Markets, Inc.

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Aadrika Sharma
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