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Winning Issue » CREDIT CARD FEES


Credit card operations are usually the most profitable business of a bank. About 30% of all profits earned by credit card lenders were from cardholder fees. Most large banks have raised late fees and over-the-credit-limit fees to at least $35. Many lenders increase their interest rate if a cardholder pays late or exceeds their credit limit. Advocates say the amount of interest and fees are so high that many consumers are unable to significantly reduce their principle balance. In 2016, credit card fee and interest income topped $163 billion, and this amount is increasing about 6% per year.

Industry supporters claim high profit margins are needed to offset the large number of consumer bankruptcies. Opponents claim record industry-wide profit levels and fee increases can only be explained by uncompetitive practices and consumer price gouging.

Pending Legislation: S.2349 - Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act of 2021
Sponsor: Sen. Richard Durbin (IL)
Status: Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Chair: Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH)



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current credit card fee policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
  • I support prohibiting a creditor from extending credit to a consumer under a credit card plan for which the fee and interest rate exceeds 36%; requiring credit card billing statements to include the fee and interest rate, displayed as "FAIR," instead of the total finance charge expressed as an annual percentage rate, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option

  • I support prohibiting a creditor from extending credit to a consumer under a credit card plan for which the fee and interest rate exceeds 36%; requiring credit card billing statements to include the fee and interest rate, displayed as "FAIR," instead of the total finance charge expressed as an annual percentage rate, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
October 11, 2021
Pledge Period - Closing Date
October 17, 2021
Trustee Election - Begins
October 18, 2021


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