Ten members of the U.S. House of Representatives called on Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to resolve the issue of the encryption clause in the infrastructure bill. They explained that the current definition of brokers in the bill “will increase uncertainty in the cryptocurrency industry, pick winners and losers…and weaken our country’s competitive advantage with other countries in the digital asset market.”
10 MPs urged the Speaker of the House of Representatives Pelosi to resolve the encryption clause in the infrastructure bill
10 members of the U.S. House of Representatives jointly sent a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi concerning the encryption provisions in the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden this week.
The letter was signed by representatives Darren Soto, Ro Khanna, Stacey Plaskett, Eric Swalwell, Tim Ryan, Susan Wild, Macarc Veasey, Jake Auchincloss, Al Lawson and Charlie Crist.
“We are writing to express our concerns about HR 3684’s Digital Assets Clause (Section 80603), Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF),” dated November 15 The letter began to say. “As you and our colleagues in both houses strive to’rebuild better’, we must ensure proper taxation and regulation of the cryptocurrency industry,” it said.
The letter emphasized that “those who profit in the cryptocurrency market should pay fair taxes” and urged regulators to “ensure that this innovative technology does not make it easier for criminals to circumvent our laws and regulations.” It continued:
However, as written today, BIF will increase uncertainty in the cryptocurrency industry, pick winners and losers, and hinder the efforts of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to accurately tax cryptocurrencies, while weakening our country’s digital currency field Competitive advantage asset market with other countries.
The legislator emphasized, “We must properly regulate cryptocurrencies, but the legislation should not weaken the industry in doing so.”
The letter went on to explain the definition of “broker” in the Infrastructure Act. “As drafted today, the clause will include miners and other validators, as well as software and hardware wallet manufacturers, who do not engage in trading activities and are beyond the scope of brokerage services,” it explained. “In addition, many entities included in this extension cannot access the personal customer information that brokers need to report to the IRS.”
The lawmaker added that “well-designed regulation promotes innovation and American ingenuity” and elaborated:
Therefore, we ask you to consider ways to resolve the BIF digital asset clause in future legislation and ongoing discussions surrounding this clause.
“Your support will help ensure that the BIF will not capture verifiers, wallet providers and others who are unable to comply,” the letter concluded.
Last week, Senators Cynthia Lummis (Cynthia Lummis) and Ron Wyden (Ron Wyden) introduced a bill to modify the definition of brokers in the encryption clause of the Infrastructure Act.In addition, Senator Ted Cruz introduced a bill of his own to fully Repeal the encryption clauseCurrently, the requirements in the Infrastructure Act will not take effect until January 1, 2023.
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