Obama makes push for credit card legislation

May 9, 2009 17:00

Putting himself on the side of fuming consumers, President Barack Obama is pushing for Congress to send him legislation by Memorial Day that would put a tighter rein on the credit card industry. "Americans know that they have a responsibility to live within their means and pay what they owe," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address released Saturday. "But they also have a right to not get ripped off by the sudden rate hikes, unfair penalties and hidden fees that have become all-too common." Obama has prominently lobbied for a bill calling for a credit card crackdown. It already has cleared the House and awaits action in the Senate. "I'm calling on Congress ... to pass a credit card reform bill that protects American consumers so that I can sign it into law by Memorial Day," Obama said. "There is no time for delay. We need a durable and successful flow of credit in our economy, but we can't tolerate profits that depend upon misleading working families. Those days are over."

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