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Biden's Administration Opposes Crypto Structure Bill But Will Not Veto

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By Jerry Walters - - 5 Mins Read
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Recently, an act tagged the "Crypto Structure Act" was introduced to provide a comprehensive regulatory framework to guide and regulate the digital asset industry in the United States.

The Crypto Structure Act seeks to establish a new federal agency, the Digital Asset Oversight Commission (DAOC), to oversee all proceeds from the crypto sector.

It also proposes a set of strict requirements for establishing and running crypto companies, including a proposed mandatory registration, capital reserves, and consumer protection measures.

The present Biden administration has taken a stance on the Crypto Structure Act - they oppose key provisions within the bill, but will not veto it.

In a recent press release by the White House, the officials expressed their opposition to creating the Digital Asset Oversight Commission (DAOC), arguing that it would splinter the existing regulatory terrain and create so much and even unnecessary bureaucracy.

The statement read, "The administration believes that the current regulatory agencies, such as the SEC, CFTC, and FinCEN, are better equipped to oversee the crypto industry. Establishing a new, standalone agency risks duplicating efforts and creating confusion for both businesses and consumers."

Additionally, Biden’s administration has raised concerns about the bill's proposed capital reserve requirements, which they believe could suffocate the current innovation drive among the populace and limit the accessibility of cryptocurrencies for retail investors.

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Avoiding the Veto

Irrespective of all the concerns raised, the Biden administration has decided not to veto the proposed crypto regulation in the US known as the “Crypto Structure Act.”

Its decision is ingrained in a pragmatic recognition of the bill's bipartisan support and the administration's desire to avoid going into a long-drawn-out legislative battle.

In their words, "While we have reservations about certain aspects of the Crypto Structure Act, we acknowledge the importance of establishing a clear regulatory framework for the crypto industry," a senior White House official explained.

"Vetoing the bill would only prolong the uncertainty and potentially undermine the progress that has been made in recent years."

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The crypto regulation in the US bill has found common ground in the area of consumer protection. 

In this newfound common ground, the Crypto Structure Act includes provisions to safeguard investors, such as mandatory disclosures, anti-fraud measures, and oversight of digital asset custodians.

All these align with the Biden administration's focus on ensuring that the crypto industry operates fairly and transparently.

A senior White House official said, "Protecting consumers is a top priority for this administration, and we're pleased to see that the Crypto Structure Act shares this goal."

He also went on to say, "We will work closely with the DAOC and other regulatory agencies to ensure that the industry adheres to the highest standards of consumer protection."

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Ongoing Dialogue to Shape the Regulatory Pattern

As the day passes, leading to the implementation of the Crypto Structure Act, the Biden administration will likely continue to engage with lawmakers and industry stakeholders to shape and reshape the regulatory landscape.

From the looks of things, this may involve pushing for amendments to address all their concerns and establishing grounds for collaborating on the development of complementary regulatory initiatives.

Sarah Hammer, a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania who doubles as an expert on financial regulation highlighted the need for clarity in the framework.

"The administration's stance on the Crypto Structure Act reflects a delicate balancing act," she said.

"They want to provide clarity and stability for the crypto industry while also ensuring that the regulatory framework aligns with their policy priorities. It's a challenging task that they seem willing to tackle through ongoing dialogue and compromise."


In conclusion, the Biden administration has decided to intervene in this current crypto regulation in the US, a position that reflects a pragmatic approach to regulating the evolving digital asset industry. 

While expressing concerns over certain provisions, the administration has also called for clarity on the regulatory stance before it vetoes the bill.

The administration has made clear its determination to work with the legislative body and all parties involved to shape the framework and address issues of consumer protection as a top priority.