The RILA Government Affairs Committee recently met for the group's bi-annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The committee, which is composed of government affairs executives from leading retail companies, heard from a variety of guest speakers on top public policy issues facing the industry, including tax reform, international trade, and infrastructure.
Chris Vieson, majority deputy staff director for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, opened the day with a discussion on the House and Trump Administration's infrastructure priorities. Retailers spoke with Vieson about the importance of infrastructure to the retail supply chain.
Attendees also heard from Derrick Dickey, chief of staff to Senator David Perdue (R-GA), offered the Senator's perspective on the prospect of accomplishing big ticket items like tax reform in this Congress, and what that would mean for the retail industry. RILA later presented an update on the industry's efforts over the last six month to advance tax reform legislation that levels the playing field for all industries and most importantly, excludes the harmful border adjustment tax.
Tim Berry, an executive vice president at Axios, shared updates on the political landscape from the media's perspective and spoke about the evolving relationship between the press and politics.
In addition, RILA staff also gave presentations on the labor policy landscape at the national and state levels, the retail industry's recent victory protecting debit swipe fee reforms, updates on the Congressional GOP health care repeal and replace efforts, and the role of technology and innovation in shaping the future of the retail industry.
The next committee meeting with place in late 2017 in Washington, D.C. For more information about the committee, please contact of Jennifer Safavian, executive vice president of government affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.