PRESS RELEASES

September 20, 2021

Even DOJ, FTC Recognize Debit Card Payment Processing is Broken

As the Federal Reserve considers a move to increase competition among the payment networks that process billions of dollars in online debit card transactions each year, the agency has been flooded with letters and emails from merchants that support the plan, and banks that oppose it. But amid the hundreds of comments, the positions of […]

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MPC IN THE NEWS

August 12, 2021

Retailers Call on Fed to Finalize Regulations Protecting Debit Card Routing Rights

According to the Merchants Payments Coalition (MPC), a Federal Reserve proposal making it clear that merchants can choose which payment networks process their online debit card transactions is needed because major banks and networks continue to interfere with competition for debit business a decade after legislation was passed by Congress to fix the problem.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

August 12, 2021

NACS Urges Federal Reserve to Protect Routing Rights

NACS filed comments yesterday calling on the Federal Reserve Board to swiftly finalize its proposed clarification that would preserve a retailer’s routing choice on debit transactions.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

August 12, 2021

Big Bank, Merchant Groups Weigh in on Fed Rule Clarification

Big bank and merchant groups weighed in just before a deadline on Wednesday in response to the Federal Reserve Board’s proposed debit rule clarification, voicing sharply opposing views on the proposal’s support for making multiple processing networks available, particularly for online transactions.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

August 11, 2021

Merchants Call on Fed to Swiftly Finalize Proposal to Protect Debit Card Routing Rights

A Federal Reserve proposal making it clear that merchants can choose which payment networks process their online debit card transactions is needed because major banks and networks continue to interfere with competition for debit business a decade after legislation was passed by Congress to fix the problem, the Merchants Payments Coalition said today.

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PRESS RELEASES

August 11, 2021

Merchants Call on Fed to Swiftly Finalize Proposal to Protect Debit Card Routing Rights

WASHINGTON, August 11, 2021 –  A Federal Reserve proposal making it clear that merchants can choose which payment networks process their online debit card transactions is needed because major banks and networks continue to interfere with competition for debit business a decade after legislation was passed by Congress to fix the problem, the Merchants Payments […]

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MISCELLANEOUS

August 10, 2021

MPC’s Comments on Clarification of the Fed’s Regulation II

The Merchants Payments Coalition (MPC) is grateful for the opportunity to provide comment on the Board’s proposed clarification of Regulation II. The language of Regulation II is clear that two unaffiliated networks must be available for all debit transactions, yet for too many years many of the largest issuers have failed to meet that requirement.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

August 09, 2021

Debit Rule Battle Dumps 500-Plus Comments on Fed

The Federal Reserve Board is now awash with 560 comments from payments market participants espousing the pros and cons of a seemingly simple rule clarification proposal on the processing of debit card transactions.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

August 02, 2021

Letter: Bring Competition to Credit Card Swipe Fees

The reason is that credit card networks and the big banks charge merchants a “swipe” fee averaging about 2 percent of the purchase amount every time a credit card is used, whether it’s swiped, inserted or used via a digital wallet. Those fees add up quickly, totaling almost $100 billion a year. They are among most merchants’ highest cost and drive up prices by hundreds of dollars a year for the average family.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

July 26, 2021

Letter: Congress Should Act on ‘Swipe’ Fees

Most consumers don’t know it, but the average family pays hundreds of dollars a year because of hidden “swipe” fees banks charge merchants to process credit card transactions.

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