May 23

Grassley named “Hero of Main Street” by National Retail Federation

grassley-2014-01-31WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation today acknowledged Sen. Chuck Grassley as a 2016 recipient of the “Hero of Main Street” award for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry.

“I’m glad to support policies that help retailers create and sustain jobs,” Grassley said. “Retail is a major part of the nation’s economic well-being. Expanding employment opportunities and promoting innovation within the retail sector are important to economic growth.”

The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer.

The “Heroes of Main Street” awards are given to members of Congress who have made important contributions to the retail industry and have worked to encourage a strong retail sector through legislation. The “heroes” have supported policies and initiatives defined by the federation that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.

“Senator Grassley has shown through his support that he cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Senator Grassley is an advocate for his thriving Main Street and to the long-term growth the retail industry — our nation’s largest job creators and the catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”

Grassley is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers honored for their support of a wide range of issues including international trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor issues.

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