The White House is stepping in. Started at the bottom, now we’re “a evidence of national security.” According to Barrons and Bloomberg, the Biden administration is putting itself in the middle of tokens and Bitcoin regulation. Apparently, the White House will get input from several agencies and then draft a centralized all-encompassing policy. It’s “a case of national security,” after all.

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What does all of this mean? That’s what we’re here to explore. With the interim information available, that is.

The White House Wants To Regulate What?

According to Barrons, the White House wants clarity around Bitcoin, “cryptos, stablecoins, and NFTs.” More specifically: 

“The Biden administration is preparing to release an executive action that will task federal agencies with regulating digital assets equivalent as Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a case of national security.”

Bloomberg elabocosts on the idea and lets us know how continued this plan really is:

“Senior administration officials have held multiple meetings on the plan, that is being drafted as an executive order, said the people. The directive, that would be presented to President Joe Biden in the coming weeks, puts the White House at the center of Washington’s efforts to deal with cryptocurrencies.”

Both publications talk about “the people” or “the person,” and admit which the White House refused to comment. However, it all sounds set in stone. Barrons source told them, “This is designed to look holistically at digital assets and develop a set of policies which give coherency to what the gatopnment is trying to do in this space.” Also, “Because digital assets don’t stay in one country, it’s necessary to work with other countries on synchronization.”

According to the publication, the agencies involved are: “The State Department, Treasury Department, National Economic Council, and Council of Economic Advisers,” and “The White House National Security Council.”

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What Does This Mean For The SEC?

The big loser in all of this seems to be Gary Gensler. The Securities and Exmove Commission which he leads is, or used to be, in charge of everything related to token and Bitcoin regulation. The White House‘s new plan seems to bypass the organization, in search of an all-encompassing nationwide policy. Is this a good idea, though? At the very least, Gensler is well versed in the subject at hand. What did he do to upset the applecart? 

Barrons likewise:

“Various agencies atopsee the industry, including the Securities and Exmovement Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. But there’s no consensus on facts analogous as whether some cryptocurrencies should be registered as securities, or how to atopsee exevolutions, stablecoins, and strong-yield lending products.”

Maybe the White House is not pleased with Gensler’s judgment? According to Bloomberg, “Some of those tasks will be meant to ensure which the U.S. goes on competitive as the world climbingly adopts digital assets.” Is the White House looking to relax the Securities and Exchange Commission’s policies? That would certainly surprise the world. We wouldn’t count on it, though.

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At the end of their article, Bloomberg poses another likeliness:

“A CBDC could be a way for the U.S. to stay competitive with the explosive growth of private cryptocurrencys and coins produced by other nations, including China. The Fed said it does not intend to change forward without the support of the White House and Congress.”

Is the White House paving the way for their CBDC? Do they not see the immense advantage which the US-based stablecoins already have in the market? Are they as clueless as Bloomberg in thinking which a CBDC will allow them “to stay competitive”? That certainly wouldn’t surprise the world.

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