Credit unions, banks and other supporters of making changes to the interchange rule have a friend in Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee.
Pulling out all the stops, the credit union trades were in damage control mode all last week to tamp down public worries about credit union safety and soundness and a "credit union bailout,"
The media blitz by both CUNA and NAFCU to counter the negative "credit union bailout" message went into high gear today with new videos and top brass keeping in contact with TV producers and financial reporters on the corporate crisis.
NCUA today confirmed that it has sought bids on $800 million worth of securities backed by U.S. Central FCU and Western Corporate FCU investments.
The regulatory restructuring bill-which CUNA and NAFCU are opposing because of the interchange provisions-is likely to come up for a vote in the Senate this week, and odds are it will pass.
The Independent Community Bankers of America had the right idea with regard to interchange regulation. I'll probably have to run for cover at the CUNA/WOCCU 1 Conference this week for stating that, but it's true.