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Don Beyer

Don Beyer (D)

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Rep. Don Beyer has 3 statement(s) about crypto.

"Digital assets are here to stay, but Congress' failure to create a legal framework for them has left many vulnerable to fraud, theft, and manipulation. I just introduced a bill to incorporate digital assets like Bitcoin into financial regulatory structures."

@RepDonBeyer July 29, 2021 on Twitter

"The crypto crash has hurt so many people, but the damage hit unevenly, with wealthier investors shielded from the worst while amateur traders see their savings vanish. We need regulation and legislation to protect consumers. I introduced a bill to do that:"

@RepDonBeyer July 16, 2022 on Twitter

"One of the biggest crypto thefts yet, underscoring the enormous need for consumer protection in the area of digital assets. This massive regulatory gap puts average people at risk. I have a bill that would help close it:"

@RepDonBeyer April 3, 2022 on Twitter

Crypto bill sponsorship

Rep. Don Beyer has put out 2 crypto bills.

Digital Asset Market Structure and Investor Protection Act

H.R. 4741

117th Congress

Sponsored
Bill pending

This bill generally addresses the regulatory treatment of digital assets and digital asset securities.

The bill grants the Commodities Futures Trading Commission authority over digital assets, which (1) are created electronically or digitally through software code; (2) are programmed with rules that govern the creation, supply, ownership, use, and transfer of the asset; (3) have a secure transaction history; and (4) are capable of being transferred through a decentralized method without an intermediate custodian.

Additionally, the bill grants the Securities and Exchange Commission authority over the regulation of digital asset securities, digital assets that provide the holder with (1) equity or debt interest in the issuer, (2) rights to certain payments from the issuer, (3) voting rights in the major corporate actions of the issuer, or (4) liquidation rights in the event of the issuer's liquidation.

Digital assets and digital asset securities are subject to the Bank Secrecy Act for anti-money laundering, reporting, and recordkeeping purposes.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System may issue digital currency. However, digital assets, digital asset securities, and fiat-based stablecoins (a digital asset pegged to the U.S. dollar or other fiat currency) are not U.S. legal tender. Digital asset fiat-based stablecoins must be registered with and approved by the Department of the Treasury.

Digital assets shall not be covered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the National Credit Union Administration depository insurance.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network must issue rules regarding the use of anonymizing services and other anonymity-enhanced convertible virtual currency services.

Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act of 2022

H.R. 6582

117th Congress

Co-sponsored
Bill pending

This bill excludes from gross income, for income tax purposes, up to $200 of gain from the disposition of virtual currency in a personal transaction. The bill defines virtual currency as a digital representation of value that is used as a medium of exchange and is not otherwise currency.

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