Coinbase, a major cryptocurrency exchange, is pushing back against two US senators’ call for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to halt approvals of Bitcoin ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds).

The senators, citing concerns about market manipulation and potential investor harm in the still-developing cryptocurrency market, urged the SEC to take a more cautious approach. However, Coinbase argues that these concerns are unfounded and that well-designed Bitcoin ETFs can provide investors with a safe and regulated way to gain exposure to the cryptocurrency.

Paul Grewal, Coinbase’s chief legal officer, criticized the senators’ letter, claiming it misrepresents the state of the cryptocurrency market and Bitcoin ETFs. He emphasized that several Bitcoin ETF proposals have already undergone a rigorous review process by the SEC, addressing concerns about market manipulation and custody practices.

Grewal further argued that these regulated ETFs would benefit investors by providing transparency, liquidity, and investor protection compared to the less-regulated options currently available. He pointed out that investors are already seeking exposure to Bitcoin through various channels, and a well-structured ETF could bring them into a more secure and transparent environment.

This clash highlights the ongoing debate surrounding cryptocurrency regulation in the US. While some, like the senators, advocate for stricter oversight due to potential risks, others, like Coinbase, believe in cryptocurrencies’ potential and the role regulated ETFs can play in fostering a more mature market.

The SEC currently has several Bitcoin ETF applications pending review. Coinbase’s response comes as the cryptocurrency industry awaits the SEC’s decision on these applications, a decision that could significantly impact the future of Bitcoin investment in the US.