US Legislators Grill SEC Chair on ‘Overburdensome’ Crypto Reporting Requirements in New Letter

More than half a dozen United States congressmen are defending blockchain developers in the face of new government regulatory pressure.

In a letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) head Gary Gensler, Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN) leads a bipartisan group in saying the agency’s burdensome information requests risk stifling domestic technological innovation in the cryptocurrency realm.

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Says Emmer of the letter’s intent,

“Crypto startups must not be weighed down by extra-jurisdictional and burdensome reporting requirements.

The SEC must ensure that its information-seeking requests to private crypto and blockchain firms are not overburdensome, unnecessary, and do not stifle innovation.”

The Minnesota congressman also says in a tweet that during the course of its regulatory inquiries the SEC must honor a 1980 law that protects Americans from overwhelming documentation requirements.

“While the SEC has authority to obtain information from market participants for rulemaking purposes, it must ensure that these inquiries don’t infringe on the standards established in the Paperwork Reduction Act, which limits the burden the government imposes on private businesses and citizens.”

Emmer was joined by Congressional co-signatories Darren Soto (D-FL), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Jake Auchincloss (D-MA), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Ted Budd (R-NC), and Ritchie Torres (D-NY).

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