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SEC boss worries crypto bill undermines financial protections

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United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler said he’s worried that a proposed bill to create a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies could weaken investor protections in the traditional financial market.Speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network Summit on June 14 Gensler was asked his thoughts regarding a recent bill introduced on June 7 by Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).He responded saying “we don't want to undermine the protections we have in a $100 trillion capital market,” adding:The bipartisan Lummis-Gillibrand “Responsible Financial Innovation Act” aims to address many facets of crypto regulation such as tax treatment of digital assets, stablecoins, and agency jurisdiction.One provision of the bill gives “clear authority” to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) over digital asset spot markets, Gensler has long been adamant in declaring most cryptocurrencies are securities, subject to the SEC’s authority.

The Senators have mostly agreed with Gensler’s point, saying some altcoins would likely be considered securities under the proposed law, with Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) considered commodities.At the summit, Gensler said the SEC wasn’t looking to extend its jurisdiction and that some cryptocurrencies are already under the jurisdiction of the agency since they qualify as being a security.Meanwhile CFTC commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero — who says she hasn’t yet read the Lummis-Gillibrand bill — welcomed regulatory action by Congress when speaking at an event on June 14.Related: SEC reportedly launches investigation into insider trading on exchangesRomero, also a former senior counsel in the SEC's enforcement division, was

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