WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Retail Federation today applauded the House for taking final action on a long-term surface transportation bill that is critically important to America’s retailers. Prior to the vote, NRF sent a letter alerting House and Senate leadership that votes on the Conference Report for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act would be included in the retail association’s annual voting scorecard.
“We encourage the House and Senate to quickly vote in support of the conference report and provide long-term stability to our nation’s surface transportation programs,” wrote Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French. “It is important for Congress to pass a long-term bill that will not only bring predictability to infrastructure projects, but also focuses on improving the safety and efficiency of goods movement throughout the supply chain.”
The FAST Act includes several key NRF priorities. NRF led a coalition that fought to include a port performance statistics program in the final bill, which is essential to addressing congestion issues at the nation’s ports and increase efficiency in retailers’ supply chains.
NRF also worked to include a strong focus on freight policy in the final bill, and the FAST act establishes a multimodal freight transportation policy to strengthen the nation’s freight infrastructure and meet the growing needs of the system.
“NRF strongly believes that passage of FAST is a priority not only for our industry, but for the long term prosperity of all who rely on freight movement,” French continued.
NRF 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, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. NRF.com