House Financial Committee Hearing Called to Discuss Future of Blockchain and Crypto

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  A hearing on digital assets is scheduled to be held by the House Committee on Financial Services during which Congresswoman Maxine Waters will lead a panel of executives from top cryptocurrency companies in the US.

In a statement, Waters names six executives in the digital asset space who will testify at the hearing on December 8th.

The names include:

  • Jeremy Allaire, co-founder, chairman and CEO of blockchain-focused financial services firm Circle
  • Samuel Bankman-Fried, CEO and founder of crypto derivatives exchange FTX
  • Brian P. Brooks, CEO of full-service blockchain tech firm Bitfury Group
  • Charles Cascarilla, CEO and co-founder of blockchain infrastructure firm Paxos Trust Company
  • Denelle Dixon, CEO and executive director of non-profit organization Stellar Development Foundation
  • Alesia Jeanne Haas, CFO of popular crypto company Coinbase Global Inc.

The hearing is entitled “Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits of Financial Innovation in the United States.”

In an interview with CNBC, Bitfury CEO Brian Brooks says that one of the things he hopes is discussed at the hearing is the lack of clarity behind the issuance of stablecoins.

“First of all, are we or are we not going to resolve some of the contradictions in US crypto policy?

Just to give you an example of that, we’ve got an administration that is taking the position that only banks should be able to issue stablecoins.

But it seems like the posture of the administration is also that companies that issue stablecoins can’t be banks, so my hope is we’ll talk a little about how do we resolve these Kafkaesque contradictions.”

Brooks also mentions that he hopes Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto mining can be sold as something that can be a part of an environmentally sustainable future, rather than an obstacle to it.

The hearing can be watched live, here.

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