Wednesday, June 08, 2011 11:15:00 AM
HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. - The U.S. Senate is expected to vote later today on a revised debit-card interchange amendment. CUNA and the state leagues strongly support this amendment, which will significantly address credit union concerns with the Durbin amendment enacted last year.
We understand the vote will be very close with Sen. Menendez yet to have indicated which way he will vote.
Our senator's support is crucial to passage.
"It's H-Hour, on D-Day," said NJCUL President/CEO Paul Gentile. "It's our last, best chance to secure a legislative fix on an issue that will impact every consumer in the nation."
"We owe it to our members to pull out all the stops," he continued.
Gentile has asked New Jersey's credit union leaders to have as many people as possible immediately contact New Jersey's two senators to encourage their support of this amendment, even if they have done so already.
Since a vote is expected later today, the most effective contact is to call the offices of Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg directly. Their office telephone numbers are:
- Senator Menendez: 202-224-4744
- Senator Lautenberg: 202-224-3224
Their offices can also be reached via the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
It is highly unlikely that anyone will reach either senator personally. Callers should deliver the following message to the staffer (or answering machine/opinion line) and be sure to leave their name and address:
As a credit union member, I ask the senator to support the Tester-Corker amendment (S. 782) on debit-card interchange when it comes up for a vote this week.
This is a key vote for the 1.2 million members of New Jersey's credit unions.
Following the two calls, all are urged to visit the NJCUL Online Grassroots Action Center where they can also send pre-drafted emails or letters to the senators.