The retail industry is the backbone of our nation's economy, providing consumers with the goods and services they need, while also providing more than 42 million Americans with a job. The role of retailers in their communities cannot be overstated. Whether it's providing a first job or fresh start in the workforce, answering the call in the wake of disaster, giving back to the local community or stimulating our nation's economy, retailers are working to better the lives of Americans each day.
In 2017, RILA and our members worked with Congress and the Administration to advocate for the passage of comprehensive tax reform, the preservation of swipe fee reform and the reversal of overreaching regulatory policies. RILA's 2018 Public Policy Agenda identifies the key issue areas that are vital to help retailers move America forward.
As the trade association for America's most recognized and innovative brands, we are proud to be a leading voice for retail. We look forward to continuing our work to promote sound public policy that fosters job creation, innovation, and growth.
Sandra L. Kennedy