By: Isha Das
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced expanded Senate support for her Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act aimed at mitigating the illicit finance risks posed by digital currencies. The bipartisan act targets uses of cryptocurrencies for money laundering, financing terrorism, ransomware attacks, and other criminal activities.
Joining the bill as co-sponsors are Raphael Warnock, Laphonza Butler, and Chris Van Hollen, all members of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, along with Senators John Hickenlooper and Ben Ray Luján. The legislation seeks to enforce greater cryptocurrency compliance with traditional financial system governing anti-money laundering frameworks.
This bill will potentially have a substantial impact on digital assets like Bitcoin by widening the definition of 'financial institutions' to include cryptocurrency miners, hardware wallet providers, and independent blockchain validators. The Treasury Department will be tasked with creating anti-money laundering policies for these new entities and enforcing compliance regulations.
While the act aims to diminish the illicit use of cryptocurrencies, it has received backlash over concerns around increased regulatory burdens and the potential impact on financial privacy and decentralization. The implementation of strict anti-money laundering policies and regulatory constraints could potentially hinder technological advancement and adoption of cryptocurrencies.
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