Washington, DC - Brian Dodge, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) president, issued the following statement urging all senators to vote in favor of the bipartisan Infrastructure package:
“As many Americans experienced throughout the pandemic, retail supply chains are complex and integral to meeting customer expectations which have evolved to meet the needs of families and communities. For retailers to meet this challenge, the United States must invest in the long-term viability and modernization of our ports, railways, and highways. These investments are sorely needed to reduce congestion and prevent future supply chain disruptions.
“The bipartisan infrastructure package on the Senate floor represents a long-term commitment to infrastructure funding that will spur private investment and innovation, create jobs, and allow U.S. companies to remain competitive on a global stage. RILA commends the Senate for their bipartisan work on this historic agreement for our country’s transportation systems that are paramount to keeping America’s economic engine running at full speed.
“As this legislation moves to the House for consideration, retailers encourage lawmakers to focus on what these investments can achieve for our country. Politics shouldn’t deter progress on something so critical to our nation’s economy.”
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.