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Bitcoin price prediction as Elizabeth Warren unveils crypto ‘crack down’ bill

Bitcoin price prediction as Elizabeth Warren unveils crypto 'crack down' bill

The crypto world has been enjoying the past couple of weeks, with Bitcoin’s (BTC) recent surge propelling the maiden cryptocurrency above $44,000—a milestone unseen since April 2022. 

Yet, more recently, the cryptocurrency landscape experienced a sudden downturn as BTC retraced below the $42,000 mark. 

A significant factor contributing to this correction was the introduction of a new regulatory challenge. On December 11, US Senator Elizabeth Warren unveiled a bill aimed at tightening regulations within the crypto space, injecting fresh uncertainty into a market that had been buoyed by weeks of optimism.

What happened?

On Monday, December 11, US Senator Elizabeth Warren announced an expanded coalition of the Senate’s support for the bipartisan Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act, which was initially introduced in December 2022.

In doing so, Warren and other Senate members are accelerating efforts to regulate the digital assets space and mitigate the financial risks stemming from the cryptocurrency ecosystem. 

The primary aim of this bill is to address the loopholes and put an end to illicit financial activities using crypto assets, such as money laundering, ransomware attacks, drug trafficking, elder fraud, and sanctions evasion. 

“The Treasury Department is making clear that we need new laws to crack down on crypto’s use in enabling terrorist groups, rogue nations, drug lords, ransomware gangs, and fraudsters to launder billions in stolen funds, evade sanctions, fund illegal weapons programs, and profit from devastating cyberattacks.”

– said Senator Warren. 

What does this mean for Bitcoin?

Like with any other regulatory challenge, the introduction of the Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act is poised to elicit a less-than-enthusiastic response from investors.

Following Terraform Labs’ and FTX’s unexpected collapses in 2022, US and global lawmakers intensified their efforts to clamp down on the crypto markets in a bid to mitigate the risks that led to such downturns and protect investors.

In the wake of this regulatory crusade, crypto has experienced one of the worst-ever crashes last year, pushing Bitcoin to as low as $16,000 at one point. 

Naturally, the expanded coalition for the crypto crackdown bill provoked a negative reaction on Monday, with BTC heading toward $41,000 on Monday. But interestingly, the flagship cryptocurrency already lost 5% in minutes before the bill was even announced, as highlighted by The Kobeissi Letter

“This drop came without any headlines after 8 STRAIGHT weekly gains.”

– the X account said in its tweet.

At the time of writing, BTC was changing hands at $41,898 at the time of writing, down 0.77% in the past 24 hours.

BTC 1-day price chart. Source: Finbold

While the newly proposed bill may temporarily restrict Bitcoin’s potential for upward movement, premature conclusions about its substantial impact on BTC’s gains would be unwarranted. 

This is especially true given the current backdrop of optimism in the crypto market, driven by a reduction in macroeconomic pressures and heightened anticipation surrounding the potential approval of the inaugural spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). 

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