Rising Political Pushback Against SEC Boss’ Hostile Approach to Crypto

The political backlash against the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and its Chair, Gary Gensler, regarding their aggressive stance towards cryptocurrencies has started to escalate. Politicians are increasingly addressing the issue, and the latest individual to take action against this excessively expansive regulatory body is Congressman Warren Davidson.

Gary Gensler, the current chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), may soon find himself out of a job as US Representative Warren Davidson announces his intention to propose legislation that would unseat the SEC chief.

On April 16, the Ohio Congressman revealed plans to introduce a bill that would seek to replace the SEC Chairman with a new director. This action can be seen as proof that many advocates are against the SEC’s over-regulation, in response to the many measures taken against the cryptocurrency industry.

In a tweet on April 15, US Congressman Warren Davidson responded to Coinbase’s legal chief, Paul Grewal, expressing his intention to seek the removal of Gary Gensler from his position as SEC Chair.

By announcing this bill, he expressed his concern over a series of perceived abuses under the leadership of SEC Chair Gary Gensler. To address these issues, Davidson is introducing legislation that aims to replace the SEC Chairman with an Executive Director who would report to the Board, where the authority ultimately resides.

This move is important because of Davidson’s desire to restructure the governance of the SEC and ensure greater accountability, while potentially alleviating concerns surrounding regulatory overreach in the rapidly evolving financial landscape, particularly in the cryptocurrency sector.

On April 14, Gensler had said that the proposed revisions might assist investors and markets by exposing individual brokers to enhanced regulatory scrutiny and amending the regulations defining an exchange.

These proposed revisions, first suggested in January 2022, were received with criticism by crypto advocacy organizations, who felt that they were an abuse of the SEC’s jurisdiction, potentially impeding sector participation.

Crypto Mom is Also Opposed to the SEC

On April 14, Hester Peirce, an SEC commissioner nicknamed “Crypto Mom” for her pro-crypto attitude, expressed strong opposition to the new rule modifications. Peirce cautioned in her statement that the SEC’s recent measures might lead to industry stagnation, centralization, expatriation, and extinction.

“Rather than embracing the promise of new technology as we have done in the past, here we propose to embrace stagnation, force centralization, urge expatriation, and welcome extinction of new technology.”

Hester Pierce.

Accordingly, I dissent,” added the pro-technology and innovation advocate.

Peirce stated that, contrary to its past practice of welcoming technology improvements, the present SEC has been rapidly expanding its authority to solve non-existent challenges. She stated that she believes the SEC has taken the position of refusing to amend existing regulations in order to accommodate changing technology and creative business practices.

In her statement, Peirce criticized the SEC’s message to entrepreneurs seeking to introduce new ideas within the market, which essentially tells them to register their ventures. She also accused the SEC of using the “notice-and-comment rulemaking process” to intimidate investors, raising questions about the regulator’s aims and procedures.

“When entrepreneurs find they cannot, the Commission dismisses the possibility of making practical adjustments to our registration framework to help entrepreneurs register, and instead rewards their good faith with an enforcement action.”

Hester Pierce.

Finally, recent SEC moves have caused alarm among crypto enthusiasts and market participants. The proposed proposal by Congressman Warren Davidson to replace the SEC Chair with an Executive Director intends to reduce regulatory excess and encourage better accountability. It remains to be seen if the proposed adjustments and reorganization will have the desired impact in terms of building a more balanced and supportive regulatory framework for the fast-changing financial world.

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