Renewing his offensive against automated teller machine surcharges, Sen. Alfonse D'Amato said they are an "abusive practice" that can "coerce" customers at small banks to move to larger institutions with more extensive networks of machines.

"Institutions that totally dominate the market and have the leverage and ability to charge more place the smaller institutions they are competing with at a disdavantage," the Senate Banking Committee chairman said Thursday at a hearing on his bill to ban the extra fees on ATM users.

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