Retailers Encouraged by Infrastructure Deal

Austen Jensen, senior vice president, government affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), issued the following statement on the bipartisan deal announced today on infrastructure spending:

“The pandemic has demonstrated to Americans how critically important retail supply chains are to ensuring families have access to the products they need when they need them. Our supply chains rely heavily on our nation’s infrastructure, which is why the bipartisan deal announced today is critically important.

“Retailers urge policy makers to seize this opportunity to invest in the long-term viability and modernization of our ports, railways, and highways to reduce congestion and the likelihood of future supply chain disruptions. Today’s announcement demonstrates that bipartisanship on significant issues is achievable, and retailers applaud the leaders who were instrumental in negotiating a path forward. RILA stands ready to review the details of the deal to ensure it will meet the needs of the retail community and the 50 million jobs the industry supports.”


RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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