In a notable shift within the US political scene, data from Coinbase’s Stand with Crypto indicates a growing support for cryptocurrency among 18 US senators. This trend is predominantly observed within the Republican Party, spearheaded by notable figures such as Cynthia Lumnis and Ted Burr.
Pro-Crypto Senators Lead Legislative Efforts
Senators Cynthia Lumnis and Ted Burr are at the forefront of advocating for cryptocurrency in the Senate. Lumnis has been particularly active, introducing eight crypto bills and making 184 public statements in support. Burr matches this enthusiasm with eight sponsored bills and 24 statements. Their efforts mark a significant push towards integrating digital currencies into the legislative framework.
Close behind are Republicans Ted Cruz and Bill Hagerty, contributing to five bills and 92 public statements in favor of crypto. The majority of pro-crypto senators are Republicans, with 14 out of 18, while Democrats count four in their ranks, underscoring a political divide on the issue.
Conversely, 30 senators are reported to oppose cryptocurrency, with a majority being Democrats. This group comprises 23 Democrats, five Republicans, and two Independents, reflecting the contentious nature of digital currencies in the political arena.
Presidential Candidates and Crypto
The tracker also highlights the positions of presidential candidates on cryptocurrency. Donald Trump and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an Independent, are noted for their support. Kennedy, in particular, has made Bitcoin a significant part of his campaign, promising related legislation if elected. Trump, on the other hand, has voiced opposition to central bank digital currencies. President Joe Biden appears to be against crypto, based on public statements indicating a negative view on digital assets.
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Strong Stance Against Cryptocurrency
Senator Elizabeth Warren is prominently against cryptocurrency, having introduced three anti-crypto bills and made 76 statements opposing the asset class. Her notable effort, the re-introduction of the Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act in July 2023, aims to regulate noncustodial digital wallets and extend responsibilities under the Bank Secrecy Act, sparking debate among advocacy groups.
Implications for the Future of Crypto
The divided stance in the Senate mirrors the broader uncertainty surrounding the future role of digital currencies. As the technology evolves, political positions are also expected to shift. The support from 18 senators is a pivotal moment for the integration of cryptocurrencies into the mainstream financial ecosystem. With the upcoming 2024 presidential election, the cryptocurrency policies of candidates will be a significant issue to monitor, shaping the future regulatory landscape of digital currencies in the US.