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Bryan Steil

Bryan Steil (R)

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Rep. Bryan Steil has 5 statement(s) about crypto.

"Digital assets are more than niche financial products. The US was a leader in Web 1. Today’s FSC hearing is an important step in determining how we can lead Web 3 and the digital assets revolution. #crypto @financialcmte"

@RepBryanSteil December 8, 2021 on Twitter

"I’m a cosponsor of the Keep Innovation in America Act to remove unnecessary burdens on digital asset owners and “brokers.” We need to keep innovating in America. #Crypto @PatrickMcHenry"

@RepBryanSteil February 17, 2022 on Twitter

"Congress is developing nonpartisan solutions that promote responsible innovation for #digitalassets. The White House should work with Congress to avoid over-regulation and ensure the US leads the way on #crypto."

@RepBryanSteil March 9, 2022 on Twitter

"Some want America to have a China-style CBDC. This would put American's financial privacy at risk. #cryptocurrency"

@RepBryanSteil April 4, 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 Bryan Steil & Colleagues Letter to Michael Regan, Administrator of United States Environmental Protection Agency June 16, 2022

Crypto bill sponsorship

Rep. Bryan Steil 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.

Global Investment in American Jobs Act of 2021

H.R. 2907

117th Congress

Co-sponsored
Bill pending

This bill requires the Department of Commerce to conduct an interagency review of the global competitiveness of the United States in attracting foreign direct investment and addressing foreign trade barriers that firms in advanced technology sectors face in the global digital economy.

Such review shall include an assessment of (1) the current economic impact of foreign direct investment in the United States, (2) trends in global cross-border investment and data flows, (3) federal government policies that are linked to the ability of the United States to attract and retain foreign direct investment, and (4) the adequacy of federal government efforts to increase the ease for foreign firms considering investment in the United States.

Commerce must report the findings of such review and submit recommendations for increasing the global competitiveness of the United States in attracting foreign direct investment and developing new technologies and services.

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