Disclosure: I'm advising Open Left in a paid capacity on procedure with regard to the Wall Street reform bill.
Word is, so far so good for the swipe fee compromise worked out earlier in the week. And the best (and for now, perhaps the only) tool available to netroots activists during a fast-moving conference -- that is, our scrutiny -- is apparently having an impact. The previous report that Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was trying to engineer a deal to gut the swipe fee amendment was, by the time it was reported, already driving Schumer himself back onto the sidelines.
So far, reports from conference watchers say he's not been able to work out a deal for a Republican Senator to offer up his amendment, but supporters of his amendment are still working their House contacts, notably Gary Peters (D-MI-09) and Dennis Moore (D-KS-03), to try to get that proposal on the table. Schumer's got reason to be wary of being too visible in this decidedly un-progressive effort. Perhaps not so much so for Moore and Peters. Still, our best weapon at this stage seems to be putting what we can in the light of day. And if you're in MI-09 or KS-03, you've got a little more leverage than the rest of us. Why not give Moore and Peters a call and tell them you support the current compromise on the Durbin swipe fees amendment, and ask them to back off their efforts to undermine it?
Gary Peters: Phone: (202) 225-5802 | Fax: (202) 226-2356
Dennis Moore: Phone: (202) 225-2865 | Fax: (202) 225-2807