Senator Admits U.S. Can’t Ban Bitcoin, Crypto Market Goes Up

The crypto corrected higher following a hearing entitled “Examining Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currencies and Blockchain” at the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee today.

At pixel time (16:33 UTC), bitcoin trades at c. USD 9,697 and is up by 1% in the past 24 hours. Other major coins from the top 10 by capitalization are also in green, registering up to 3% gains.

The went up right after the hearing at the Senate finished. Senators and three witnesses – Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle, Rebecca M. Nelson, a specialist in international trade and finance, and Mehrsa Baradaran, a professor of law – among other things were discussing regulatory challenges that cryptocurrency and blockchain might bring. However, no specific statements how the regulation might evolve in the U.S. were made.

And while some of the senators stressed that blockchain can’t solve all problems and the public also needs to discuss what challenges this technology might create, others recognized the power of cryptocurrencies.

“If the U.S. were to decide – and I’m not saying we should – we don’t want cryptocurrency in the U.S., let’s ban it, I’m pretty confident that we couldn’t do that because this is a global phenomenon,” Senator Michael Crapo, who earlier stressed the need for regulatory clarity and urged to protect integrity of the U.S. financial system, said. (Meanwhile, India is considering a total ban of non-state issued cryptocurrencies.)

He also asked Allaire how cryptocurrencies can become a global phenomenon if it faces different regulatory rules around the world.

Allaire responded that these digital assets exists were Internet exists and added that “digital money will move frictionlessly, everywhere in the world, at the speed of the internet, hopefully with a high of security and data protection.”


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