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Newhouse Named ‘Hero of Main Street’

May 26, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) today announced that he has received the “Hero of Main Street” award from the National Retail Federation for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. Rep. Newhouse is part of a bi-partisan group honored for their support of a wide range of issues including international trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor issues.

“I am honored to be named a ‘Hero of Main Street’ and to accept this award,” said Rep. Newhouse. “As a third-generation farmer and small businessman myself, I understand the importance of pro-growth policies that encourage small businesses to hire more workers. Top-down regulations from D.C. and a complex tax code stifle innovation and job creation, and I am committed to improving conditions for entrepreneurs and businesses across our country and in Central Washington.”

“Congressman Newhouse has shown through his support that he cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Congressman Newhouse is an advocate for his thriving Main Street and to the long-term growth the retail industry – our nation’s largest job creators and the catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”

Rep. Newhouse receives the ‘Hero of Main Street’ Award from Mark Johnson, VP Government Affairs, Washington Retail Association

The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013 to recognize members of Congress for support of the retail industry’s public policy priorities. Eligibility is based on NRF’s Retail Opportunity Index, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance the industry’s priorities. The “heroes” have supported policies and initiatives defined by NRF that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.