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Anthony Gonzalez

Anthony Gonzalez (R)

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Rep. Anthony Gonzalez has 6 statement(s) about crypto.

"Today we have a hearing on digital assets and blockchain (web3). The bulk of commentary in Congress has been on individual assets and relating to the traditional finance world. This misses the bigger picture entirely. Fundamentally, Web3 is a computing revolution that has the potential to solve some of the internet's most frustrating problems by putting power directly in the hands of the builders and users who make it all possible. The potential of Web3 is enormous and the biggest mistake we could make now is rushing to over-regulate a space that is in its infancy and so very few in Washington truly understand."

@RepAGonzalez December 8, 2021 on Twitter

"While some in DC wrongly claim that crypto is a tool primarily for criminals and sanctions avoidance, the facts on the ground in Ukraine tell a different story Fascinating interview that anyone who wonders why this all matters should take the time to read"

@RepAGonzalez March 31, 2022 on Twitter

"Today we have a hearing on digital assets and blockchain (web3). The bulk of commentary in Congress has been on individual assets and relating to the traditional finance world. This misses the bigger picture entirely. Fundamentally, Web3 is a computing revolution that has the potential to solve some of the internet's most frustrating problems by putting power directly in the hands of the builders and users who make it all possible. The potential of Web3 is enormous and the biggest mistake we could make now is rushing to over-regulate a space that is in its infancy and so very few in Washington truly understand."

@RepAGonzalez December 8, 2021 on Twitter

"We certainly need to take seriously the threat of money laundering associated with crypto. But we simultaneously should be promoting innovation in these emerging technologies and make sure that we are the global leader in this space."

@RepAGonzalez June 30, 2021 on Twitter

"This is absurd. Crypto empowers individuals through decentralized systems. That terrifies people like Sen. Warren who want DC to control every aspect of your life."

@RepAGonzalez April 1, 2022 on Twitter

"As you know, a substantial portion of digital asset miners’ energy use is based on renewable sources. Additionally, many miners use other power sources, like natural gas, that may otherwise go unused. JAI Energy in Wyoming is an example of a company that is working with oil and gas producers to make a positive environmental impact through bitcoin mining. Bitcoin mining that utilizes flared gas is also reducing methane emissions in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, West Virginia, Ohio, and North Dakota. This private sector-led breakthrough is an important tool to a lower emission future. Finally, digital asset mining can have a substantial stabilizing effect on energy grids. It maintains robust baseload levels, yet it can be switched off quickly in times of peak demand. Most importantly, digital assets, and their related mining activities, are essential to the economic future of the United States. Other countries are rapidly moving to adopt digital assets and are attracting large amounts of capital and talent in the hopes of growing their own financial services sectors as digital assets and distributed ledger technology are widely adopted in the coming decade. The United States, as the global financial services leader, cannot rest on its laurels. We must focus on promoting responsible innovation so that our country can compete in a hypercompetitive, globalized economic system. Treasury Secretary Yellen articulated it best last week when she stated regulation should also be “tech neutral.” Favoring one technology over another, including proof-of-work versus proof-of-stake, can stifle innovation, erode future economic gains, and limit affiliated efficiencies. Digital assets are an essential component of promoting financial inclusion and have created new wealth building opportunities for Americans. American leadership in digital asset technologies is essential to ensuring the next generation of Americans can enjoy the prosperity and opportunity that our country has been blessed with. As you evaluate the potential environmental issues surrounding digital assets, the critical role that responsible innovation will play in our long-term economic future cannot be overlooked."

Representative Anthony Gonzalez & Colleagues Letter to Michael Regan, Administrator of United States Environmental Protection Agency June 16, 2022

Crypto bill sponsorship

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez has put out 2 crypto bills.

Keep Innovation in America Act

H.R. 6006

117th Congress

Co-sponsored
Bill pending

This bill expands the definition of broker, for purposes of tax information reporting, to include any person who (for consideration) stands ready in the ordinary course of a trade or business to effect sales of digital assets at the direction of their customers. It also provides for reporting requirements for digital assets (i.e., any digital representation of value that is recorded on a cryptographically secured distributed ledger).

The bill requires a study and a report on the treatment of digital assets as cash for purposes of reporting requirements for cash payments of more than $10,000.

Clarity for Digital Tokens Act

H.R. 5496

117th Congress

Co-sponsored
Bill pending

This bill excludes certain offerings of digital tokens (i.e., a digital representation of value or rights recorded on a publicly available ledger) from securities registrations.

The exclusion from securities registration is in effect until the later of 3 years from the date of the first sale of a token or 3 years after the effective date of the bill. During this exclusionary period, the initial development team of a token must disclose every 6 months details of the network—the system of connected devices that create and validate the ledger of transactions. This includes disclosure of the source code, the transaction history, the economics of the token, the plan to achieve network maturity, prior token sales, information regarding the team, trading platforms used, and certain material transactions.

On or before the end of this period, the team must report to the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the maturity of the network. Network maturity is reached either through decentralization of the network or through network functionality, as specified by the bill. If network maturity is not reached within 3 years, the initial development team must register the tokens as a security.

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