A bill to be introduced by U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik and two other Republicans would bar the use of a new sales code for gun merchants, according to material seen by Reuters on Friday, setting up a clash with Democrats promoting the four-digit marker. While neither side may prevail in the closely-divided Congress, their competing bills show the continuing debate around use of a new merchant category code (MCC), an international standards body approved in 2022. Visa and Mastercard have said they will comply with a California law requiring use of the code, according to letters sent to lawmakers.
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