Summary: S.31 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.31. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (01/24/2005)

International Remittance Consumer Protection Act of 2005 - Amends the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to require a remittance transfer provider to: (1) clearly and conspicuously make specified disclosures in writing and in a form that the consumer may keep to each consumer requesting a remittance transfer; and (2) make such disclosures in English and in the same languages principally used by the remittance transfer provider, or its agents at that office, if other than English.

Prescribes error resolution guidelines and remedies governing remittance transfer errors.

Instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to publish electronically on each business day the foreign currencies dollar exchange rate.

Subjects a remittance transfer provider to liability for violations committed by its agents or subsidiaries.

Amends the Federal Credit Union Act to empower Federal Credit Unions to: (1) provide remittance transfers to persons in the field of membership; and (2) to cash checks and money orders for such persons for a fee.

Directs the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to work with the Federal reserve banks to expand the use of the automated clearinghouse system for remittance transfers to foreign countries.

Requires certain Federal banking agencies to provide guidelines to financial institutions regarding the offering of low-cost remittance transfers and no-cost or low-cost basic consumer accounts, as well as agency services to remittance transfer providers.

Requires such agencies and the Secretary to assist the Financial Literacy and Education Commission in improving the financial literacy and education of consumers who send remittances.