Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne was named as a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation Wednesday for his consistent support of legislation focusing on international trade, workforce policies, tax reform and health care policies that work for both employees and their employers.
The “Hero of Main Street” award was created by the NRF in 2013 to recognize members of Congress for support of the retail industry’s public policy priorities. Award eligibility is based on key votes, bill sponsorship, and advocacy to advance the industry’s priorities. The “heroes” have supported initiatives defined by the NRF that recognizes the contributions of the retail industry and worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.
“Top-down, government-knows-best policies are only making things worse for our local retailers in Alabama and across the country,” said Byrne upon receiving the award. “That’s why I am proud to champion pro-growth solutions that get Washington out of the way and allow retailers to flourish. I am honored to receive this special award, and I vow to continue standing up for our nation’s retailers throughout my time in Congress.”
Retail supports one in four jobs nationwide, including more than 590,620 jobs in Alabama. To put it into perspective, Alabama’s retail employees could fill the Crimson Tide’s stadium six times.
“Congressman Byrne 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,” National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “He is an advocate for his thriving Main Street and the long-term growth of the retail industry — our nation’s largest job creators and the catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”
The 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 forty-five countries.