FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2023
The Federal Reserve issued a proposal Wednesday to make significant changes to the current debit card interchange cap. CUNA strongly opposes any changes—legislative or regulatory—to the current interchange system.
“While the current debit card system benefits merchants and consumers, it does not come close to covering the real costs debit issuers incur as it was intended to post-Durbin Amendment, and the Fed’s proposal would widen this gap even further,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Even more concerning, the Fed’s proposal is based on data that doesn’t reflect the actual state of covered debit card issuers today and new regulatory requirements that are now in effect. Combine that with more than a decade’s worth of post-Durbin Amendment data that shows consumers now face higher prices and card issuers have less revenue to cover the expense of debit card processing. Meanwhile, merchants have not passed their savings from the Durbin Amendment onto consumers and big retailers continue to see increased profits. It doesn’t add up. We can’t afford to make this mistake again, and especially not so the largest retailers get a larger slice of the profits.”
Specifically, the proposal would:
The Fed also released its 2021 survey of covered debit card issuers. However, the data collected does not reflect new regulations applying the debit card routing requirements to card-not-present transactions that took effect this summer.
While financial institutions with less than $10 billion in assets are “exempt” from the debit interchange cap created by the Durbin Amendment, CUNA and the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) released a study in July showing that government-mandated interchange price caps disproportionately harm local, community financial institutions.
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