According to the CNBC report, the White House wrote in a statement late Thursday that the “amendment put forward by Senators Warner, Portman, and Sinema strikes the right balance and makes an important step forward in promoting tax compliance.” The US White House has weighed in on the battle over competing for crypto amendments to the $1 trillion infrastructure bill. It’s backing the bill that isn’t as friendly to the world of bitcoin and ethereum.
The US is backing senators seeking strict crypto regulations.
The fight is over a provision in the bipartisan bill, which raises money through stricter tax rules on cryptocurrency transactions. Crypto advocates have argued that the language in the legislation, which requires brokers of digital assets to report on crypto trading gains, is vague and too broad. And now, amendments are circulating in order to narrow the scope. Senators introduced an amendment that drills down on the definition of a “broker,” explicitly excluding validators, hardware and software makers, as well as protocol developers.
Experts warn of ramifications that will be sweeping and massively damaging to the crypto industry.
If the bill is passed that is backed by the White US Blockchain Association executive director Kristin Smith warns the ramifications will be sweeping and massively damaging to the country’s crypto industry. “At the eleventh hour, Sen. Warner has filed an amendment that is anti-technology and anti-innovation – and would be disastrous for the US crypto ecosystem,” wrote Smith. “Removing protections for software developers – what Senator Warner’s amendment aims to do and that is defined in the Wyden-Lummis-Toomey amendment – is a negative catalyst that will force crypto development and innovation out of the US to friendlier, pro-technology jurisdictions,” Smith added.