Retailers Support Fed Move to Lower Debit Interchange Rate

Austen Jensen, Retail Industry Leaders Association executive vice president, government affairs, issued the following statement in response to the Federal Reserve's decision to propose lowering the interchange rate on debit transactions to $0.144:
“Retailers welcome the Fed’s action’s today in proposing to lower the interchange rate on debit transactions from $0.22 to $0.144. These transactions cost card networks and the largest banks $0.039 yet they have been charging merchants almost 600% more per transaction. Today’s proposed rulemaking signals an end to these outrageous markups.
“As the rulemaking process unfolds, the retail industry will continue working with the Fed and will submit comments advocating that the rate should be set even lower than $0.144. The data overwhelmingly proves that the current rate needs to be lowered to more accurately reflect reasonable and proportional costs incurred by banks and card networks. We welcome the opportunity to advocate for a more sensible debit transaction interchange rate and support the Federal Reserve's biannual review and update to ensure the rate remains proportionate to actual costs to process these transactions.”

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