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Congressmen Urge SEC Chair Gary Gensler To Approve Spot ETH ETP

Julia Smith
Last updated: | 2 min read
Gary Gensler, FIT21 vote, spot ETH ETP

A group of bipartisan House representatives urged the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler in a May 22 letter to approve spot Ether ETPs following the House’s successful FIT21 vote on Wednesday.

Signed by Reps. French Hill (R-AR), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Wiley Nickel (D-NC), and Mike Flood (R-NE), Wednesday’s letter argued that the approval of spot ETH products would “demonstrate consistency with the Commission’s application of its standards” while “ensuring the full protection of the federal securities law for investors.”

Congressman Push Gary Gensler To Approve Spot ETH ETP


“We urge the Commission to maintain a consistent and equitable approach when reviewing upcoming applications for other digital asset-backed ETPs,” the letter stated. “Specifically, the Commission should apply the same principles set forth in the approval of the spot Bitcoin ETPs as it evaluates the pending Ether ETP applications as the legal considerations pertinent to Bitcoin also apply to Ether.”

Crypto community members have long waited for the SEC’s approval of spot ETH ETPs, particularly following the federal agency’s approval of spot Bitcoin ETPs in January.

According to Bloomberg ETP analyst James Seyffart, the odds of spot ETH ETP being approved this week is approximately 75%, given the SEC deadline of approving or denying Van Eck and ARK’s on May 23 and 24, respectively.

“Approving Bitcoin ETPs demonstrates the Commission’s fidelity to its mission to protect investors as well as the need to embrace the modern financial market,” the letter continued. “These approvals will set a strong foundation, ensuring that investor protection remains paramount.”

Crypto Regulatory Momentum Builds Amid SEC Pushback


News of the congressmen’s letter comes amid increasing momentum for spot ETH ETPs after months of speculation that the federal regulator may push back against their approval.

Based on recent developments, however, it seems the SEC is facing backlash in Congress for its regulation-by-enforcement approach.

Earlier this month, U.S. lawmakers voted to effectively overturn the federal agency’s controversial staff accounting bulletin, SAB121, on grounds that the SEC failed to report the rule change to Congress.

On Wednesday, the House voted to approve the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act (FIT21), which would ultimately delegate greater crypto regulatory power to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) if passed.

The legislative pushback on the SEC’s treatment of digital assets may prove beneficial in spot ETP approval, with analyst Eric Balchunas believing their approval is imminent and may very well happen around 4 PM Thursday.