Comment letters, congressional testimony and in-person visits with lawmakers in Washington are key components of a concerted strategy to kill, delay implementation of or at the least modify the Federal Reserve’s proposed rule on debit interchange fees.
Since the earliest days of American history, concerns about tax policy have prompted individuals and groups to express their opinions, sometimes in dramatic ways. The Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union has never dumped tea into a harbor, but its political awakening began when Congress considered imposing taxes on credit unions.
The ink is barely dry on the financial overhaul bill and already some lawmakers and interest groups are looking at ways to tweak it.
A few credit unions have begun to detail the impact of the Federal Reserve's proposed cap on debit card interchange, telling the agency that its proposed rule will sharply hurt their bottom lines.
Despite repeated assertions that a debit card interchange cap would not really hurt credit unions, CUs have begun to outline the cap's impact for the Federal Reserve.
Democratic Senator Richard Durbin, principal sponsor of the debit interchange amendment bearing his name, defended that amendment in a Jan. 18 letter to Illinois bank and CU trade associations.
Visa will offer a dual debit interchange schedule that network sources say should allow credit unions and other smaller asset
Financial institutions issuing prepaid cards would have to disclose fees up front and give consumers wallet-sized summaries of fees, if a bill introduced by three senators is passed.
David Morrison is a senior staff reporter with Credit Union Times specializing in debit cards, among other topics.
The year 2010 will be remembered as when the federal government got involved in how much interchange banks and credit unions earn on their debit card transactions.