Straightening records and busting bad finance plans for good.

January 15, 2024
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– Congress has been discussing proposals for an expansive anti-money laundering framework to address illicit finance in the digital asset ecosystem.
– The recent terrorist attack by Hamas in Israel has led to a renewed debate on these proposals.

Some key points from the article include:

1. The media incorrectly reported that Hamas raised $93 million via digital assets prior to the terrorist attack, but this claim turned out to be false.
2. Treasury sent policy suggestions to Congress that includes a proposal mirroring Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act.
3. The proposal defines a new cryptocurrency-related category of “financial institution” and subjects digital asset businesses to the same reporting standards as traditional financial institutions.
4. The proposal shows a lack of understanding of how information is transmitted on a blockchain network and is an attempt to effectively ban digital assets in the US.
5. The argument that digital wallet providers should be considered financial institutions opens the door to an overly enhanced intermediated financial system.
6. The on-ramps and off-ramps to the digital asset ecosystem are already subject to the Bank Secrecy Act and blockchain provides an immutable record of all on-chain activity.
7. The Keep Your Coins Act, which aims to ban any agency attempt to interfere with personal property rights in digital assets, has faced criticism.
8. The first step in combating illicit finance should be to bring more digital asset firms to the United States.
9. Proposals that impose unworkable compliance burdens will drive companies and capital offshore, while regulatory clarity is needed to bring stability to the market.

It’s important to note that this is a summary created by an AI language model and may not be a completely accurate representation of the article as it was written by a human author.

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