US Legislator Proposes Removing SEC Chairman Due to ‘Continuous Violations’ – Regulation Bitcoin News


A U.S. legislator has declared that he is submitting a bill to take out the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman in order to “rectify a continuous series of violations.” The SEC, under Chair Gary Gensler, has been highly criticized for its enforcement-centric approach to regulating the crypto industry.

Lawmaker Seeks to Remove SEC’s Chairman

U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH) has uncovered that he is presenting legislation to take out the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The lawmaker from Ohio tweeted Friday:

To rectify a continuous series of violations, I am presenting legislation that removes the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and switches the role with an Executive Director that reports to the Board (where authority resides). Previous chairs of the SEC are ineligible.

Rep. Davidson’s tweet was in response to a declaration by SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, published Friday, regarding crypto regulation after the securities watchdog reopened a 30-day public comment period for an amendment to the regulatory definition of “exchange” to include decentralized finance (defi) platforms under the SEC’s control.

“Today’s Commission tells entrepreneurs trying to do new things in our markets to come in and register,” Peirce wrote. “When entrepreneurs find they cannot, the Commission disregards the possibility of making practical adjustments to our registration framework to help entrepreneurs register, and instead rewards their good faith with an enforcement action.” The pro-crypto commissioner, who is also known in the crypto space as “Crypto Mom,” further stressed:

Today’s Commission treats the notice-and-comment rulemaking process not as a conversation, but as a threat.

Apart from Commissioner Peirce, many have criticized SEC Chairman Gary Gensler for his enforcement-centric approach to crypto regulation. Congressman Davidson and several other lawmakers have time and again urged the securities regulator to stop stifling innovation and crippling the crypto industry.

The securities watchdog has recently increased its enforcement actions against cryptocurrency firms. On Monday, the SEC charged crypto exchange Bittrex with violations of securities laws. The agency also recently charged Kraken over its staking program and sent a Wells notice about potential violations to Coinbase.

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Kevin Helms

A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.

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