Retailers to Fed: Remain on Course for Debit Implementation

Austen Jensen, Retail Industry Leaders Association executive vice president, government affairs, issued the following statement coinciding with the Federal Reserve publishing the NPRM proposing to lower the interchange rate on debit transactions to $0.144:

“Today the Federal Reserve took the first critical step in proposing to lower the base interchange rate on debit transactions from $0.21 to $0.144. Unsurprisingly, Wall Street banks are indicating they need more time to weigh in on the proposed rule. This is a thinly veiled attempt to continue gouging merchants with current rates, and it tracks their behavior over the past decade to circumvent key aspects of the law.

“Retailers don’t need an extension to comment on a common-sense rule and neither do the largest banks in the U.S. The data overwhelmingly proves that the current rate needs to be lowered to more accurately reflect the reasonable and proportional costs incurred by banks and card networks. RILA urges the Fed to stick with its original comment schedule so that the proposed rule can be finalized as soon as possible.”


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