June 15, 2016

Neugebauer swipe-fee proposal would raise consumer costs

(Washington, D.C.) The National Restaurant Association today issued the following statement opposing Chairman Randy Neugebauer’s (R-Texas) bill to repeal debit swipe fee reform:

“It’s no surprise the big banks and card companies continue to cry foul over debit swipe fee reform – it injected a degree of competition, transparency and fairness where there was absolutely none before,” said Laura Chadwick, Director of Commerce and Entrepreneurship for the National Restaurant Association. “Despite what the big banks and card companies would have you believe, hard-fought debit swipe fee reform has helped keep costs low for consumers. It’s unfortunate that Chairman Neugebauer has chosen big banks and card companies over Main Street businesses.”  


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