The provisions giving the Federal Reserve the right to set interchange fees came a step closer to reality last night when Senate members of the House-Senate conference committee on financial overhaul accepted an offer made by House conferees.

The interchange language, which is strongly opposed by CUNA and NAFCU, contains most of the original amendment that was passed by the Senate when it passed the financial overhaul bill last month. Under the House’s offer, The Federal Reserve would still have the power to regulate interchange fees though credit unions and banks with assets of $10 billion or less would be exempt and retailers would be expressly forbidden from discriminating among card types.

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