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Guthrie, Matsui, Young, Markey Introduce the Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), both members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Senator Todd Young and Senator Ed Markey, members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today introduced the Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019. This legislation would establish a working group of stakeholders across the federal government and private industry to establish a common definition of blockchain.

“As our economies become increasingly digital, more organizations are turning to blockchain for business transactions and other new applications,” said Congressman Guthrie. “Blockchain can be a great resource for innovation and technology, but as the technology develops we must reduce regulatory uncertainty by figuring out whether there is a common definition and how the technology can be used. I was proud to join my colleague Congresswoman Doris Matsui to introduce the Blockchain Promotion Act to better understand blockchain and its role in our digital economy.”

“Opportunities to deploy blockchain technology range from greatly increased transparency, efficiencies and security in supply chains to more-opportunistically managing next generation broadband networks,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “This bipartisan, bicameral bill will bring a broad group of stakeholders together to develop a common definition of blockchain, and, perhaps even more importantly, recommend opportunities to leverage the technology to promote new innovations. I am pleased to work with Congressman Brett Guthrie and Senator Ed Markey and Senator Todd Young on this effort and look forward to ensuring our efforts maintain the pace of rapidly advancing technologies.”

“Blockchain has the potential to be a catalyst for sustained economic growth across all industries in America. If America leads in its development, we can ensure that it’s benefits will be shared far and wide. Blockchain has the potential to not only provide financial and economic benefits at home, but humanitarian and social support in developing countries will benefit from American leadership. I’m proud to join with my colleagues to ensure the U.S. is at the forefront of this revolutionary technology,” said Senator Young.

“Blockchain is an exciting technology that has already been deployed to expand access to renewable energy, improve supply chain efficiency, and protect privacy,” said Senator Markey. “I am proud to partner with Senator Young to introduce the Blockchain Promotion Act in order to further understand applications for this technology and explore opportunities for its use within the federal government. This is a commonsense step that helps position the U.S. economy for success.”

Specifically, the Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019 would direct the Department of Commerce to establish a blockchain working group to recommend a consensus-based definition of the technology. The working group would also consider recommendations for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to undertake a study that would examine the potential impact of blockchain on spectrum policy and opportunities for the adoption of blockchain to promote efficiencies within the Federal government. 

As States are considering legislation that includes different definitions of blockchain, this bill would bring a broad group of stakeholders together to develop a common definition.