Three senators (the Oregon Senator, the Wyoming senator, and the Pennsylvania senator, have submitted an amendment to the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that is currently crawling through the US Senate suggesting that some of the provisions in the bill should not apply to certain crypto-related businesses. The Infrastructure bill if passed could among other things collect hefty taxes from cryptocurrency-related activities in the country.

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  • Requirements for applying information and reporting about cryptocurrencies is set to provide about $28 million to finance the bipartisan infrastructure bill
  • The proposed amendments seek to exempt crypto miners, developers, and blockchain firms from some of the bill’s provisions.

The amendment specifically proposes to exempt the business of “validating distributed ledger transactions,” “dealing with mining software and software,” and “developing digital assets and their corresponding protocols” from the definition of a broker as it is in the current bipartisan infrastructure bill.

According to the Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey through another tweet, “While Congress works to better understand and legislate on issues surrounding the development and transaction of cryptocurrencies, it should be wary of imposing burdensome regulations that may stifle innovation.”

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Among other things the bipartisan infrastructure bill proposes, among other things, to introduce tighter rules for businesses involves in cryptocurrencies including expanding the reporting requirements for brokers with the brokers being required to report transactions worth more than $10,000 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The proposed amendments by the three senators seek to strike down the reporting requirements by exempting the term brokers from applying to crypto-related activities.

The proposed amendment was however criticized by Ohio senator Rob Portman through a tweet saying that the bipartisan bill only affected brokers but not developers, crypto miners, or node operators.