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•  The National Grocers Association (NGA) last week "expressed support for the Ensuring Fee-Free Benefit Transactions (EBT) Act (S.2449), a bicameral bill introduced by Sens. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Peter Welch (D-VT) to prohibit processing fees on electronic benefit cards provided to participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) … The bill aims to protect retailers from these fees and ensure that they are only responsible for their own costs while the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) works on modernizing EBT with chip cards and mobile payments."

The NGA press release noted that "grocers invest significant resources in software, equipment, and training to offer SNAP benefits to their communities. Implementing processing fees on EBT transactions would pose financial challenges for community and family-owned grocers serving various areas, including urban, rural, and high-need regions."