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Ranking Member Waters Celebrates Federal Reserve’s Launch of Instant Payment

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, released this statement following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s launch of its “FedNow” service, which is a new service that allows banks and credit unions to sign up to facilitate instant payments so they can offer customers a much quicker way to send and receive money.

“I applaud the Federal Reserve for the launch of its new instant payment service, FedNow. This service, which I’ve long called for, will modernize our nation’s payment system. As banks and credit unions sign up to the service, it will ensure that consumers and small businesses are able to instantly send money, receive paychecks, and access funds 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As we have seen, delays in our nation’s payment systems often meant that customers would have to wait days to gain access to their own funds. These delays forced many, particularly consumers in low-income communities, to resort to costly alternatives like payday loans, which charge high-interest rates, or incur expensive overdraft fees. FedNow is a faster and more efficient payment system that will help consumers to save. Not to mention, it stands to bring significant benefits to small businesses everywhere as they transmit money with third-party vendors and pay their employees.

I am pleased that 41 banks and 15 service providers are already utilizing the service, and that the Fed plans to onboard many more institutions this year. This will help to expand this critical service to communities across the country, giving consumers and small businesses instant access to their money that they deserve.”


In July 2019, following a House Financial Services Committee hearing on monetary policy and the state of the economy, then Chairwoman Waters called and urged Federal Reserve Chairman Powell to consider moving forward with a faster payments system that would benefit consumers and financial institutions of all sizes.

In August 2019, then Chairwoman Waters issued a statement applauding the Fed for their announcement to launch a real-time payment system.

In September 2019, the House Financial Services Committee’s Task Force on Financial Technology held a hearing entitled, “The Future of Real-Time Payments.”


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