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NACS Opposes House Leader’s Idea To Repeal Swipe Fee Reforms

Last updated on June 13th, 2024 at 05:06 pm

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is protesting plans announced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, to repeal the Durbin Amendment, which reformed debit card swipe fees.

In the association’s statement issued June 7, it said, “NACS strongly opposes Rep. Hensarling’s proposal to repeal debit swipe fee reform, which has saved consumers nearly $6 billion and supported more than 37,000 jobs a year. Rep. Hensarling would undercut the free market by allowing the giant credit card companies and banks to resume price-fixing of debit card fees.

“Without the vital protections in debit reform, higher debit card fees would not only add to prices for consumers but also represent a tremendous additional burden to smaller merchants—especially convenience store owners, whose customers often engage in multiple transactions at the gas pump and within the store. Card fees are the second-largest operating cost for many retailers, preventing them from expanding or hiring.”

NACS supported enactment of the Durbin Amendment, which was signed into law in 2010 and directs the Federal Reserve to ensure debit interchange fees are “reasonable and proportional” to the costs incurred.

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