16.09.2019

U.S. Congressman Tom Emmer to Lead Pro-Blockchain and Crypto Legislation

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Mr. Tom Emmer, US Congressman for Minnesota’s 6th District announced his intention to promote and protect the implementation of these technologies by elaborating several revolutionary legal instruments.

In a press release published on Mr. Emmer’s official website the congressman announced that he would introduce “three groundbreaking bills to support blockchain technology and digital currencies.”

Tom Emmer: Paving the Road to a Crypto-friendly U.S.A

Mr. Emmer issued statements expressing his enthusiasm and willingness to do what he can to promote the use of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies as a way of boosting innovation and economic growth in the country:

“The United States should prioritize accelerating the development of blockchain technology and create an environment that enables the American private sector to lead on innovation and further growth, which is why I am introducing these bills … Legislators should be embracing emerging technologies and providing a clear regulatory system that allows them to flourish in the United States.”

Thomas Emmers

The three bills of which Mr. Emmer speaks seek to touch on a series of sensitive issues in what can be considered a “grey area” within the North American legal system. As excellent as the intention is, it cannot be forgotten that the bureaucratic formalities necessary for its final implementation make it challenging to establish a date in the legal roadmap for a crypto-friendly United States.

According to the press release the bills proposed by Emmer are:

Resolution Supporting Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology

This Resolution promotes the development of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies in the United States. It also seeks to emphasize the need for the country to have a general regulatory framework that adapts to new technologies by providing “a light touch, consistent, and simple legal environment.

Blockchain Regulatory Certainty Act

It seeks to clarify the legal status of some specific actors within the blockchain ecosystem. According to the text, “blockchain related entities that never take control of consumer funds do not need to register as a money transmitter.” This is especially beneficial for miners and certain service providers.

Safe Harbor for Taxpayers with Forked Assets Act

This bill seeks to create a “safe harbor” for taxpayers who have “forked” digital assets. The basis of this legal instrument lies in the idea of only complying with the law if it is explicit and clear.

Mr. Emmer’s actions have received a positive response from the community, especially on twitter where after the announcement, several users expressed their support:

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