- Senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed legislation to crack down on illicit crypto transactions, but the bill is facing criticism from blockchain advocates and national security experts.
- The Blockchain Association and 80 signatories wrote a letter opposing Warren’s bill, arguing it could undermine law enforcement efforts and drive innovation overseas.
- Critics warn Warren’s bill could shift crypto liquidity to unregulated offshore exchanges, reducing visibility for law enforcement while having little impact on illicit actors.
Warren’s Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act
Criticism from Blockchain Association
The Blockchain Association wrote a letter signed by 80 individuals opposing Warren’s bill. Signatories included government and military officials who warned the legislation threatens US jobs and strategic advantage.
National Security Implications
According to the letter, Warren’s bill could shift crypto liquidity to unregulated offshore exchanges, reducing visibility for law enforcement. Advocates say digital assets are pivotal for US interests and the bill would have little impact on illicit actors.
While some praise innovations like ERC-404 tokens, others warn against hype before official standards approval. Overall, the blockchain community remains divided on the best path forward for regulation.
Lawmakers face difficult tradeoffs balancing security and innovation. Collaboration between government and industry will be key to developing policies that allow digital asset technology to thrive responsibly.