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Rep. Tom Graves Named ‘Hero of Main Street’

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(l-r)David French, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the National Retail Federation, presents Rep. Graves with the “Hero of Main Street” award along with Charles Miller, Group Vice President for Government and Public Affairs at Macy’s, Inc., December 7, 2016.

   Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) received the “Hero of Main Street” award from the National Retail Federation for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. Rep. Graves is part of a bipartisan group honored for their support on a wide range of issues including trade, infrastructure investment, tax reform and labor issues.

   “It’s an honor to be named a ‘Hero of Main Street,’” said Rep. Graves. “The retail industry is a vital part of Georgia’s economy, and I’m proud to support free-market policies that help retailers in our communities thrive.”

 

   “Rep. Graves has shown through his legislative support that he cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities around the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Rep. Graves has shown his commitment to a thriving Main Street and to the long-term growth of retail - our nation’s largest private-sector employer.”

   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. Award eligibility is based on key votes, 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.             

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Fuggitaboutit
-9 #1 Fuggitaboutit 2016-12-13 11:22
I used to think ol Tom was a right wing nut. But compared to what's going on now, I gotta say, I'll probably vote to keep him for a while. Turns out he's pretty broad-minded and decent. At least compared to what we could end up with. Of course, if the all the alt-right nazis realize someone from the left is complimenting him, he'll probably have to go to make way for a total dingbat.
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I smell something
-7 #2 I smell something 2016-12-14 04:19
Funny how a rep is given an award to honor his connection to big business yet you locals say government needs to stay out of business.

Oh wait that;s right you also voted for a businessman to run our country too. You have no one to blame but yourselves.
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HiBallGambler
-8 #3 HiBallGambler 2016-12-14 13:54
Wow, I bet our GOP Congressman is also against raising our nation's minimum wage, like this anti-worker group, the "National Retail Federation", that gave whim this shameful award. Who are the members of this group on Jasper's Main Street? Macy's? Walmart?

Retail workers that put in 40-plus overtime can survive (with government subsidy) but no longer prosper. They have few or no benefits. The WallyWorlds don't even hire workers but for less than full time, at slave wages.

And Graves GOP killed Presidnet Obama's effort to cover overtime pay cheating. Great Retail (wealthy stockholder) business supporter, Tom. Sell me some sports tips…

But Pickens voters got what they voted for. Putin won. Your weren't worth much in GOP world, less in our new KGB dynasty. 35% tariff increase in the price of everything at Wal-Mart and Home Depot, and Exxon's gas? Hard working labor walled off (for China to hire)…What a smart bunch of citizenry.
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WKRP
+7 #4 WKRP 2016-12-15 18:28
HBG...obviously you're a Clinton/Obama supporter so please name how many business in Pickens County can afford to pay you the $15 an hour minimum wage you whine about? I wish they could pay that because that would mean the economy was a BOOMING and it wasn't being forced by some government mandate on businesses.

Obama has done nothing but hurt small businesses and middle class America by his Obamacare so lets hope Trump and Congress can do something to change it.

I'm all for fair pay but when you start mandating it you'll work yourself right out of a job by newer and cheaper technology and/or coworkers!!
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Fuggitaboutit
-4 #5 Fuggitaboutit 2016-12-16 11:41
OH. OH . I know the answer to WKRP. How about Taco Bell, McDonald's and Walmart. You see the CEO over the Taco Bell chain which includes other franchises as well made $22 million dollars last year and at McDonald's their Mayor McCheese (CEO) took home over $7.7 million (which seems unfair as Big macs kick ass compared to taco bell). In fact CEO compensation at Fast Food joints has generally quadrupled since 2000. I wonder has the hourly rates gone up by 4 times in the last decade and a half? Heck if had doubled over the past years alone, they would already be getting something close to a living wage. And we taxpayers help shore them up as 52 percent of the fast food employees rely on some kind of government support -- meaning we supplement the cheap labor with tax dollars.
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WKRP
+3 #6 WKRP 2016-12-19 11:49
I'm all for fairness in the business world and for the business owner. So Fuggitaboutit, a business shouldn't be in the business of making money for it's owners/stockhol ders? I guess in your world that business owes you something personally other than the wage you earn that you're fee to take or not? You agreed to work there for that particular wage, correct?

You're wanting $15 an hour for a job meant for kids and part time employees. If you're working this type of job on a full time basis for a career then I would suggest you look at expanding your job capabilities thru education and/or better job training so you can find a better paying job. What have you done to help yourself other than whine about somebody not giving you another handout? Suck it up buttercup and man up!!!! Yes you can go back to school to get an education if you want it bad enough!!!

For the last 8 years us hard working Americans have had to help subsidize those that don't or won't work under Obama and it's time for it to end.

We all should be providing assistance to the elderly, disabled and less fortunate.
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JealousWorker
-7 #7 JealousWorker 2016-12-19 13:41
WKRP, do you resent the idea of fairness, or just fair wages? As Fuggitaboutit notes, many of these underpaid workers are being subsidized by governmnet support, so executives and stockholders can take home the gravy. Is this how Obama, that scary superpowerful muslum you all fret over, has hurt small business, helping workers? Seems his policies have been stable and smart. Unlike what's coming. Wait till your water and drugs and foods are unregulated, nasty like the profitable 3rd word where Trump makes things with slave labor. Got to stop gubbermint interference in poisoning for profits.

The GOP-Trump plan is clear: kick those under you (poor, disabled, elderly, etc) and kiss up to those who you perceive can lord over you. But, really, Trump? What low standards you have...a liar, thief, bully, who presents America first "lady" naked, in porn shots...his escort.

Let's all obsess that we aren't taking enough, or stealing enough from others instead of working for fairness and common gain. The Trumpocene you all are dying for will show you how little you matter to these big shots you worship. And climate change is upon you--look at your property insurance costs. I'm sure Zika wil be kind to the grand young uns, too..so defund NIH, CDC, FDA, EPA, etc...Idiocracy is the Pickens way.
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WKRP
+5 #8 WKRP 2016-12-19 16:27
JealousWorker: Playing the race card...nice!! LOL IDGAF what his religion is I had high hopes for him but he failed miserably with Obamacare.

What is fair about taking from those of us that work our butts off to provide for our families and give to those that will not? I'm not going to apologize for working and going to college to make something of myself so I can provide for my family and I'll be damned if I'll sit by and give it away to some have wit that wouldn't work in a pie factory eating pie!! What's fair about that? You obviously know nothing about running a small business and all of those sleepless night worrying if you'll be able to meet payroll, worrying if you'll have to layoff good hard working employees because work has slowed and it's no fault of yours, worrying that when work does slow that the bank is going to call and that your house is tied into your business loan. It's not all lollipops and gum drops as you might think it is!!!!

The government needs to stay out of the wage business and let the job market set the wages. You're free to work wherever you like if you meet the job requirements and can get hired.
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