Interchange Vote Imminent, Next 24 Hours Critical, Calls Needed

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 11:39:00 AM

The U.S. Senate is on the verge of voting on the Tester-Corker 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. Credit union professionals, volunteers, and members across the nation are being asked to immediately contact their senators to encourage their support of this amendment.

Since a vote is likely to occur in the next 24-48 hours, the most effective contact for New Jerseyans 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 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, New Jersey credit union professionals, volunteers, and members should visit the NJCUL's Online Grassroots Action Center where they can also send pre-drafted emails or letters to the senators.

This issue will impact every consumer in the nation and New Jersey's active participation is extremely important.

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