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Sens. Warner & Merkley to Co-Chair Hearing on Virtual Currencies

Will hear testimony from Director of FinCEN, CEO of Bitcoin payment processor

Nov 18 2013

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, November 19, Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) will  co-chair a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee that will explore the development of virtual currencies, their current and potential future use, and the regulatory, monetary, and national security impacts and issues associated with them.

As chairman of the National Security and International Trade and Finance Subcommittee, Sen. Warner will co-chair the hearing entitled “The Present and Future Impact of Virtual Currency,” with  Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), chairman of the Economic Policy Subcommittee. Sens. Warner and Merkley will hear from witnesses including Jennifer Shasky Calvery, Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; David Cotney, Commissioner of Banks, Massachusetts Division of Banks; Anthony Gallippi, Co-founder and CEO, BitPay, Incorporated; Mercedes Kelley Tunstall, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Sarah Jane Hughes, University Scholar and Fellow in Commercial Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; and Paul Smocer, BITS President, Financial Services Roundtable. 


WHEN:          November 19, 2013 3:30 pm

WHERE:        Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 538


A livestream of the hearing and testimony will be available at