MPC IN THE NEWS

May 18, 2022

CNN: Retailers Call Out Visa and Mastercard for Fee Hikes That Could Make Inflation Worse

The recent increases are on top of fees that merchants have already been paying to the credit card companies, said Doug Kantor, general counsel at the National Association of Convenience Stores and an executive committee member of the Merchants Payment Coalition. Credit, debit and prepaid cards were used to make $9.4 trillion in purchases last year, according to the Nilson Report, a publication covering the payment industry. Out of those purchases, merchants paid about $138 billion in processing fees, Nilson reported. "The increases a couple of weeks ago are really just the tail on the dog," said Kantor, who estimates the hikes will result in an added $1.2 billion in fees this year.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

May 17, 2022

NRF: Banks Win, Consumers Lose — Important Facts About Excessive Credit Card Swipe Fees

MPC Executive Committee member Doug Kantor was among the witnesses as the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on how price-fixed credit card swipe fees are driving up inflation.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

May 13, 2022

NACS Daily: Merchants Say It’s Time for Fed to Resolve Debit Routing and Fees

“It’s been a full year since the Fed said it wanted to resolve this issue once and for all, and the Senate has now given Chairman Powell a vote of confidence to act on what’s best for the American economy and consumers,” said Leon Buck, a member of the MPC Executive Committee and vice president for government relations, banking and financial services at the National Retail Federation.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

May 12, 2022

Restaurant News: Restaurants Ask Congress for Relief on Swipe Fees

The Merchants Payments Coalition, has been pressuring Congress for decades to revise the way the credit card industry works. It notes that MasterCard and Visa have an advantage in setting swipe fees as high as they can. The higher the fees, the more that a partnered bank will collect from processing card charges, and hence the more likely they’ll be to issue a card by the card company with the highest swipe charges. “Banks should set fees independently and should compete to offer the lowest fees,” the group maintains.

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PRESS RELEASES

May 12, 2022

With Powell Confirmed, Merchants Say It’s Time for Fed to Complete Work on Debit Routing and Fees

As the Senate confirmed Chairman Jerome Powell for another term today, the Merchants Payments Coalition called on the Federal Reserve to finalize a year-old proposal clarifying that merchants can choose which payment networks process debit card transactions regardless of whether purchases are made in stores or online.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

May 06, 2022

Convenience Store News: NACS Encourages C-Store Industry to #FightSwipeflation

During Wednesday's hearing, NACS' General Counsel Doug Kantor submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the convenience store industry and the Merchants Payments Coalition

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MPC IN THE NEWS

May 05, 2022

Cox Television: Top Executives from Mastercard and Visa Face Congress Over High Swipe Fees

MPC Executive Committee member Doug Kantor called for swipe fee competition at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: "People have more money in their pockets when there's competition. They can spend more and that consumer spending helps drive the economy."

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MPC IN THE NEWS

May 05, 2022

Payments Dive: Durbin Proposes Card Fee Reforms, Not Legislation

The National Retail Federation and the Merchants Payments Coalition seemed to be wanting more definitive action when they chimed in Wednesday ahead of the hearing. “We hope this hearing will be a landmark step toward bringing about the transparency and competition that is missing from our nation’s broken payments system,” MPC Executive Committee member and National Association of Convenience Stores General Counsel Doug Kantor said in the release.

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MPC IN THE NEWS

May 04, 2022

Nexstar Television: Senators Criticize Swipe Fee Changes Affecting Merchants and Customers

MPC Executive Committee member Doug Kantor testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee: "These fees can get set well beyond any semblance of value."

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MPC IN THE NEWS

May 04, 2022

Progressive Grocer: Retailers Weigh in on Rising Swipe Fees at Senate Hearing

The Merchants Payments Coalition, which represents retailers, supermarkets, convenience stores, gasoline stations, online merchants and others, has urged Congress to bring competition to the U.S. credit card market, contending that Visa and Mastercard’s domination of the market has stifled innovation and caused rising swipe fees that are particularly burdensome for small businesses, drive up prices for consumers and contribute to inflation.

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