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Coinbase CEO Meets House Democrats for Crypto Legislation

Coinbase CEO Armstrong Crypto Legislation House of Democrats
By Nicolo Finazzi
Nicolo Finazzi

2 Min

July 19, 2023

Key Takeaways:

  • Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong will meet with House Democrats to discuss digital-asset regulation.
  • The meeting comes amidst Coinbase's legal battle with the SEC and Ripple's court victory.
  • Armstrong has been pushing for regulatory clarity and has engaged in discussions with UK and US lawmakers.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong is scheduled to have a closed-door meeting with House Democrats  to discuss digital-asset legislation. The agenda for the meeting includes topics such as tax regulations, national security implications, privacy concerns, and climate considerations. The meeting takes place amid Coinbase's ongoing legal dispute with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The allegations involve operating an unregistered securities exchange and selling unregistered securities through its staking service. Currently, other crypto firms are facing similar regulatory challenges, with well-known Ripple Labs facing accusations of selling XRP tokens as unregistered securities.

Crypto businesses argue that a common theme in these cases has been unclear regulations. They point to a speech by SEC director William Hinman, in which he suggested that Ethereum should not be classified as a security. Ripple and Coinbase argue that the speech caused confusion over the classification despite not being an official decision. However, a recent court ruling in the Ripple case found that programmatic sales of Ripple's XRP token to public buyers were "not necessarily a security", signing the first win against the SEC. Ripple's legal victory boosted Coinbase's stock and renewed optimism. However, analysts at Berenberg Capital caution that Coinbase is still "far from being in the clear".

Brian Armstrong has consistently advocated for greater regulatory clarity in the crypto industry. He also expressed his willingness to work with governments and regulators worldwide to establish transparent rules. In this scenario, we will remain vigilant for any forthcoming updates.