Republican Senator and Bitcoin proponent Cynthia Lummis said that massive government spending is accelerating crypto adoption.
Lummis made the comments while sharing an interview she did with “Varney & Co” on the Fox Business cable network on July 29, in which she called for a crypto regulatory sandbox and support to attract Bitcoin miners to set up in US states.
On Twitter she stated that “big gov’t spenders are (accidentally) doing far more to accelerate the adoption of digital assets than I am,” and asserted that the debasement of the U.S. dollar is driving citizens to store value in digital assets such as Bitcoin. Not that this was necessarily a good thing:
“BUT spending America deeper into a hole is a stupid, inflationary & altogether undesirable way to drive ppl to digital assets.”
“I want USD to continue as the world's reserve currency. We need to reign in spending & support financial innovation on US soil,” she added.
During the cable TV interview, Lummis gave her thoughts on the July 27 hearing held by the Senate Banking Committee regarding the risks of crypto and offered views on the regulatory landscape moving forward.
The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing about the risk in the Crypto market - what form of #Crypto regulation could we see going forward? @CynthiaMLummis is on that committee - she joins us to explain what regulation she's hoping to see for the cryptos! #VarneyCo #Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/7Bb8uWJPym— Varney & Co. (@Varneyco) July 28, 2021
The Senator emphasized that the first step should be “good solid definitions” that are agreed upon in legislation and called for “a regulatory sandbox where everyone understands the rules, but innovation can still occur unrestricted.”
Lummis stated that “we wanna make sure that Bitcoin can continue to serve as a good store of value,” and she appears view the asset primarily in that way. However, she did also note that if the U.S. were to follow El Salvador’s route and make BTC legal tender, it would need to be regulated under the bank secrecy act, anti-money laws and in a way that it can be “ferreted out” if it’s used illegitimately.
The Bitcoin proponent also said she wants to see the U.S. welcome and support crypto miners that are flocking to the country following the Chinese mining ban:
“We wanna make sure that these miners [...] can come to places like Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming and elsewhere. Where they can get the energy to mine it and then once it's produced that it can be on the blockchain in a way that enhances the non-fiat currency advantages that cryptocurrency has.”
Lummis is a Bitcoin hodler who previously stated that she was excited to buy the dip in June, and has advocated for holding BTC as part of a retirement diversification strategy. However, her pro-crypto sentiments were not shared by Democrat senator Sherrod Brown and others during the Senate Banking Committee’s recent hearing.
“After a decade of experience with these technologies, it seems safe to say that the vast majority haven’t been good for anyone but their creators,” Brown said in his opening statement.
“They claim to enable ‘transparency.’ Their backers talk about the ‘democratization of banking.’ There’s nothing ‘democratic’ or ‘transparent’ about a shady, diffuse network of online funny money.”