I have gotten the robo call, have you?
I could not find out who is responsible for the robo-calls, whoever it is has money and is afraid.
The robo call states push 1 to talk with Bennet's office.  They were very kind and have already been getting several calls.
What I understand is that the people who are calling don't understand what is going on and what the bill is about. 

Looks like it might be more money wasted on another study. 
More government workers will need to be hired to fulfill the bill's requirements. 
Creation of more jobs and not actually accomplishing anything.

Here is the link to the actual wording of the bill.


"Here are some blogs that have been written on this:  (I hope it makes everyone aware of what they are calling on.)

Just over a year ago, Senator Dick Durbin snuck an amendment into the legislative monstrosity, the Dodd-Frank financial “reform” bill.  Durbin’s amendment ordered the Federal Reserve to set a government price control on fees paid by merchants to banks for using credit and debit cards.  The price control language was never considered in hearings and the most liberal Congress in our lifetime certainly never consulted conservatives in the House.  In July, if conservatives in Congress fail to act, the Obama Administration and Ben Bernanke  will set the prices of debit card interchange fees rather than the free market.

We know the problems that government price controls create. Big-government answers to issues that should be determined by the free market are never meaningful solutions. At a recent debate hosted by the Republican Study Committee, I told lobbyists for the National Retail Federation and the Merchants Payments Coalition, supporters of the price control, that whenever you run to Congress to pick winners and losers, you will make things worse.

Here’s how:

Card issuers, if faced with lower interchange fee revenues, could decide that some credit card programs are too expensive to maintain and might cut credit to cardholders, including merchants and small businesses that depend on credit to finance business expenses.

The price controls could lead to less credit cards being issued, which hurts consumers and would lead to decreased sales for merchants.

Even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke admitted that the price control could cause community and rural banks to fail.

As Cabela’s Chief Financial Officer, Ralph Castner, has astutely pointed out: “Obviously the concern is once you get the government in the middle of setting pricing in any industry, that feels like a bad thing and how long until it will creep into credit?”

I was appalled when one of the lobbyists for the merchants even suggested having the government break up Visa and said that the merchants would be with him.  I came to Congress as a small businessman to oppose arrogant activist government policies that think they know best.  These price controls that Dick Durbin and his lobbyist friends drafted are just that.

Recently, I sent a letter to Dick Durbin that urged him to support the free-market principles in which he allegedly believes.  With the news last week that there will soon be a Senate vote on S. 575, a bill to slow down and delay Durbin’s market intrusion, a decision point approaches for Senators (and House members soon thereafter) to prove their respect for the free marketplace. I urge my conservative colleagues in the House and Senate to stand with me and oppose these big government price controls.  They must be stopped before it’s too late."


"Credit card fees known as swipe fees are hidden in the cost of nearly everything consumers buy. In 2008 alone, American merchants and consumers paid over $48 billion in swipe fees. Even consumers who don’t use plastic pay more through higher prices. Visa issuers collectively set credit card interchange fees in secret and MasterCard issuers separately do the same. The fees can’t be negotiated and are not adequately disclosed to merchants or consumers.

Tell your Members of Congress to stop the price-fixing by the credit card industry and provide an open and transparent process to negotiate swipe fees by supporting swipe fee reforms in their current form."


Trade Association Letter to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Regarding #SwipeFees


May 10, 2011

The Honorable Richard Durbin
Majority Whip
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510


Dear Senator Durbin:


Our associations represent virtually every part of the retail industry selling motor fuels in


the United States. Like many Americans, we are concerned about the price of gasoline today.  Not only are rising prices bad for our customers, but when the price of gasoline rises, retailers make less money. That might not make sense at first glance, but the retail sale of gasoline is extremely price competitive. Retailers put their prices on large signs that motorists can see as they drive. Studies have shown that customers will drive out of their way just to save one or two cents per gallon. As a result, when the wholesale price of gasoline rises, retailers cannot raise prices to consumers fast enough to keep pace.


This is one of the many reasons why the swipe fees paid by our industry are so offensive.


Swipe fees are fixed centrally by the credit card giants for both debit and credit cards as a fixed fee plus a percentage of the transaction. That means the fee retailers pay to sell gasoline goes up every time the price of gasoline goes up. While gasoline retailers make less money on rising prices, they pay higher and higher fees. That simply is not fair.


With gasoline nearing $4 per gallon, debit swipe fees average about 6 cents per gallon –and credit swipe fees are about 8 cents per gallon. Our customers worry about every extra penny they pay for gasoline and 6 to 8 cents extra is far too much money. To put these huge fees in perspective, consider that every penny per gallon change in the retail price of gasoline costs consumers an additional $3.75 million per day or $1.38 billion each year.


The surest and swiftest way to reduce gas prices, however, is to let the Durbin amendment and the Federal Reserve’s rule implementing it take effect on time. Doing that will reduce the fees gasoline retailers pay, and the EIA definitively concluded in a 2003 report that gasoline retailers pass through 100 percent of cost reductions in the form of lower gasoline prices. That means lower debit swipe fees will lead to lower gas prices.


Senator Tester’s bill (S. 575) would do the opposite. It would stop swipe fee relief for two years and keep pushing up gas prices. That same 2003 EIA study found that cost increases get passed along in the form of higher gas prices. Therefore, a vote for S. 575 is a vote for two years of higher gas prices than anyone should be paying.


There are many reasons why reform is needed now to limit the price-fixing by credit card giants and banks on debit swipe fees. While some of those reasons might be subject to debate, it is hard for any of us in the business of gasoline retailing to understand why – given the pricing pressures we and our customers all face today – any Senator would vote for two years of higher gas prices when some relief is only a couple of months away. We urge you in the strongest terms to vote against S. 575, a bill that will keep gas prices too high.




NACS – National Association of Convenience Stores


NATSO – National Association of Truck Stop Operators


PMAA – Petroleum Marketers Association of America


SIGMA – Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America


P&CMA – Petroleum & Convenience Marketers of Alabama


APMA – Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association


AOMA – Arkansas Oil Marketers Association, Inc.


CIOMA – California Independent Oil Marketers Association


CWPMA – Colorado Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association


ICPA – Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association


FPMA – Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association, Inc.


GOA – Georgia Oilmen’s Association


HPMA – Hawaii Petroleum Marketers Association


IPM&CSA – Idaho Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association


IPMA/IACS – Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association/Illinois Association of


Convenience Stores


IPCA – Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, Inc.


PMCI – Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa


PMCA – Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas


KPMA – Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association


LOMACS – Louisiana Oil Marketers and Convenience Store Association


MODA – Maine Energy Marketers Association


MPAMACS – Michigan Petroleum Association/Michigan Association of Convenience




MAPDA – Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors’ Association


MPM – Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association


MPMCSA – Mississippi Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores Association


MPCA – Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association


MPMCSA – Montana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association


NCPA – Nebraska Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association


NPM&CSA – Nevada Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association


NEFI – New England Fuel Institute


IOMANE – Independent Oil Marketers Association of New England


FMANJ – Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey


NMPMA – New Mexico Petroleum Marketers Association


ESPA – Empire State Petroleum Association, Inc. (NY)


NCPCM – North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers


NDPMA – North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association


OPMCA – Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association


OPMCA – Oklahoma Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association


OPA – Oregon Petroleum Association


PPMCSA – Pennsylvania Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association


SCPMA – South Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association


SDPPMA – South Dakota Petroleum and Propane Marketers Association


TFCA – Tennessee Fuel & Convenience Store Association


TPCA – Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association


UPMRA – Utah Petroleum Marketers and Retailers Association


VFDA – Vermont Fuel Dealers Association


VPCGA – Virginia Petroleum, Convenience and Grocery Association


WOMA – Washington Oil Marketers Association/Pacific Northwest Oil Heat Council


WPMA – Western Petroleum Marketers Association



&GA – West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association

WPMCA – Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association


CWPMA – Wyoming Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association


ABA Video: Send a New Letter on Interchange Now

by ABA Regulatory Policy Staff1 on May.24, 2011, under Interchange, tw

ABA President and CEO Frank Keating today released a video urging all bank employees to write their senators to request their support for the Senate’s stop-and-study debit interchange bill (S. 575). "This is the essential fight of the year," Keating says in the video. He asks bankers to "stay focused" and "put on your armor."

ABA has posted online a new sample letter that, among other things, highlights concerns Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke expressed recently about the impact the Durbin interchange provision could have on community banks, noting some could even fail.

"That’s why S. 575 is desperately needed," the sample letter says. "This straightforward legislation simply delays the implementation of the Federal Reserve’s interchange rule until Congress and the regulatory agencies have all the information they need to determine the impact of the rule on consumers and community banks like mine."

ABA’s automated system provides other customizable talking points to help bankers quickly compose effective, individualized letters.

Watch the video.
Send a letter now.

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