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Senate banking chair flirts with the possibility of banning crypto

Banning crypto is something we didn’t think we would hear about in this lifetime, but yes, the popular currency is in question.

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If your opinion of crypto has soured in the past year, you aren’t alone. Sherrod Brown, United States senator and chairman of the United States Banking Committee, recently suggested a ban on cryptocurrency, which could affect yourself, your family, your clients, or your career, if it were to come to fruition. Will it?

Admittedly, Brown softly walked back his idea just as soon as he shared it on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” noting that a ban could be “very difficult” and adding the possibility that cryptocurrency itself could “go offshore.” Should that happen, Brown says, no one currently involved in the process of addressing cryptocurrency would know how to proceed.

It’s a bold foray into uncharted waters, but Brown’s notion isn’t without some backing power, featuring both the Securities Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in his loose proposal.

“I’ve already gone to the Treasury and the Secretary and asked for a government-wide assessment through all the various regulatory agencies,” said Brown, describing the SEC as “particularly aggressive” in the process. “…[W]e need to move forward that way and legislatively if it comes to that.”

Brown’s decidedly fervent ideology here may seem like it’s coming out of left field, but the senator has clearly given this some thought, identifying cryptocurrency as a “threat to national security” and pointing to various human rights violations and incidents of terrorism as issues that have been partially financed and otherwise supported by crypto.

Additionally, Cointelegraph notes that Brown has been building up to this moment for “over a year,” making his stance a bit less surprising.

Nevertheless, Brown acknowledges that cryptocurrency moderation – or even a wholesale ban – is not enough to solve the umbrella of issues caused by decentralized currency, instead calling the idea “only one huge part” of the problem.

The idea itself is redolent of mighty ambition, but while large players like the SEC could create serious interest, it is exceptionally unlikely that cryptocurrency will be banned anytime in the foreseeable future–especially because, as Brown fears, any actual attempts to do so would simply drive it further underground than it already resides.

Cryptocurrency also continues to foster allies throughout the United States government, with Senator Tom Emmer and chairman-to-be of the House Committee on Financial Service Patrick McHenry both holding cryptocurrency in varying degrees of positive regard.

Jack Lloyd has a BA in Creative Writing from Forest Grove's Pacific University; he spends his writing days using his degree to pursue semicolons, freelance writing and editing, oxford commas, and enough coffee to kill a bear. His infatuation with rain is matched only by his dry sense of humor.


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