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Letter: Financial Trades Call on Fed to Reject Requests for Changes to Debit Card Interchange Fees

In a new letter sent to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Electronic Payments Coalition, American Bankers Association, American Association of Credit Union Leagues, Consumer Bankers Association, Credit Union National Association, Independent Community Bankers of America, Mid-Size Banks Coalition of America, National Association of Federal Credit Unions and National Bankers Association urged the Fed to reject merchant requests for further changes to Regulation II governing debit card interchange fees.
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Joint Financial Sector Letter Opposing Durbin-Marshall Amendments to Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Funding Bill

Today, 11 trade associations representing virtually all banks and credit unions, including those primarily serving military-affiliated customers and members, sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders expressing strong opposition of the so-called “Credit Card Competition Act of 2023” as well as the effort by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) to attach their proposed credit card routing legislation (S. 1838) to the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4366). The full letter can be found below:
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EPC Chart: Retailer Sales Rise While Interchange Remains Flat

Big-box retailers, led by Walmart and Target, and their allies in Congress continue to distort the truth about interchange in order to help their bottom lines. Data collected by Verisk proves that interchange rates have been stable over the past seven years. Merchant groups like the Merchant Payment Coalition ignore the fact that any increase in interchange costs is directly correlated with and in proportion to increases in purchase volume. Interchange fees have increased largely in proportion to the revenue merchants have collected from credit card customers. There is a direct correlation between merchant profits and the small percentage of fees paid to enable that business growth.
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