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PRESIDENT'S PAGE

Now's the Time to Push
Congress to Act
by MATTHEW R. SHAY

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t's July. That means another
year in Congress is half over.
And it also means another
presidential election year is
only six months away.
Very shortly, all semblance
of what passes for normalcy
in Washington will disappear.
What little bit of bipartisanship that might be accomplished will be cast aside in
favor of the winner-takesall campaign to claim the
White House. No bill will be introduced, no
hearing will be held, no vote will be taken
without consideration of the impact it will
have on the presidential election.
Election season is one of uncertainty. Who
will be the next president, and where will
he - or she - stand on business issues?
And will he or she be elected with coattails
that will alter the political control of the
House or Senate?
It's far too early to know the answers to
those questions - and that's why it's important to act now. With 2016 given over to
rabid partisanship and the first half of 2017
dedicated to the honeymoon period for
whoever wins, it will be two years before
Washington is back to "normal."
Fortunately, there is a brief window of
opportunity this summer - and perhaps
into the fall - for Congress to finally act on
some of the most important issues facing
our industry. The timeframe is short, but
the list is long - fallout from the Supreme
Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act
and the Labor Department's proposal on
overtime expansion to start, followed by
long-delayed legislation on Internet sales
tax, comprehensive tax reform, transportation funding, patent abuse and data

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security, to name just a few.
Success on even one or two
could be considered an accomplishment.
These are all issues that
should be dealt with now,
not two years from now.
And that's why NRF will bring
retailers from across the
country to Washington this
month for our annual Retail
Advocates Summit. This conference is an opportunity for
merchants to meet lawmakers face-to-face and tell their stories about
how decisions made in Washington affect
Main Street stores back home.
Main Street, in fact, will be a major emphasis at the conference. Among the speakers will be House Small Business Committee
Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), who has
jurisdiction over issues facing hometown
entrepreneurs. Retailers will also hear from
House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (RUtah), the lead sponsor of legislation that
would let states require online sellers to
collect sales tax the same as local stores.
We will also present our annual Legislator of
the Year award and recognize congressional
Heroes of Main Street.
The Retail Advocates Summit isn't the
only chance for retailers to meet with
members of Congress - many will see
their representatives or senators at home
during the August recess. But having retailers on Capitol Hill en masse emphasizes
the size and strength of our industry, and
lets Congress know the voice of retail is the
voice of many.

STORES is published by NRF
Enterprises Inc., a subsidiary of
National Retail Federation Inc.,
1101 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, D.C. 20005.
202/783-7971
FAX 202/737-2849
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Kip Tindell, Chairman and CEO,
The Container Store
VICE CHAIRWOMAN
Mindy Grossman, CEO, HSNi
PRESIDENT & CEO
Matthew R. Shay
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS
Vicki Cantrell, Communities
Ellen Davis, NRF Foundation
Mallory B. Duncan,
General Counsel
David French,
Government Relations
Michael G. Gatti,
Member Relations
Carleen C. Kohut, COO
Susan Newman, Conferences
Bill Thorne, Communications
& Public Affairs
NRF DIVISIONS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Tom Litchford 202/626-8126

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Rob Green 202/626-8187

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Vicki Cantrell 202/626-8195
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All articles published in this magazine
represent solely the individual opinions of
the writers, and not necessarily those of
the National Retail Federation.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - July 2015

Top 100 Retailers
Retail People
No Flash in the Pan
Lost and Found
C2W
Editor's Page
President's Page
Retail Politics
NRF News
POV
NRF Communities Update
End Cap
Trends
Online
Technology
Human Resources
Social Media
Merchandising
Software
Finance
Marketing
Personnel
Operations
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - President's Page
STORES Magazine - July 2015 - 9
STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Retail Politics
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - NRF News
STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Trends
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - No Flash in the Pan
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Lost and Found
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - C2W
STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Online
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Technology
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Human Resources
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Social Media
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Merchandising
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Software
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Finance
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Marketing
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Personnel
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STORES Magazine - July 2015 - Operations
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