WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation here on Wednesday reiterated its calls for a more retailer-friendly government in the wake of President Obama’s re-election and the preservation of a divided Congress.
“Issues affecting the retail industry are the same critical issues facing policymakers in Washington,” said Matthew Shay, president and chief executive officer, NRF, in a statement. “On behalf of retailers, their employees and their customers, we want to see health care reform that actually reduces costs instead of imposing mandates, tax reform that makes U.S. businesses more competitive, sales tax fairness that puts Main Street and online retailers on a level playing field, neutral labor policy that doesn’t favor either employers or unions over the other, credit and debit card swipe fees based on transparency and competition rather than monopolies, and removal of trade barriers that drive up consumer prices.”
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Obama won 50% of the popular vote and 303 Electoral College votes, vs. 48% and 206 Electoral College votes for Republican Gov. Mitt Romney. In the Senate, Democrats strengthened their narrow edge with 53 of the 100 seats, according to reports, while Republicans strengthened their control of the House with 233 seats.
“As the industry that supports one out of every four U.S. jobs, retailers look forward to continuing to work with President Obama and the new Congress toward the goal of putting Americans back to work and ensuring that our economy remains the strongest in the world,” NRF said in a prepared release.
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