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Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) discusses key legislation with retail leaders. Front: Tracy Mullin, NRF President and CEO, and Arnold Zetcher, Chairman, President and CEO of Talbots. Back (from right): Gordon Segal, CEO of Crate & Barrel and NRF Chairman, Paul Charron, Chairman and CEO of Liz Claiborne, Henry Berlin, CEO of Berlin’s Brothers, Ed Mosher, President of Mosher’s Ltd., and Steve Ladwig, President of Retek.
House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-CA) (above) and Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) (below) discuss issues with retail executives.
▼ Senator John Ensign (R-NV) voices support for trade and terrorism insurance legislation sought by NRF on behalf of the retail industry.
" NRF worked with the Streamlined Sales Tax Implementing States organization on a plan to simplify the nation’s complex web of sales tax laws. Simplification will lessen compliance burdens for multi-state companies and could ultimately pave the way to a requirement for mail-order and Internet merchants to collect sales tax. " NRF won a two-year extension of the Welfare to Work and Work Opportunity Tax Credit programs, which have helped retailers hire more than 250,000 workers. " NRF worked with the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission to ensure that proposed federal “do-not-call” lists for telemarketers don’t keep retailers from making legitimate calls to existing customers. " Normal Trade Relations status for Vietnam was extended by one year, allowing Vietnam to grow as one of retailers’ major sources of textiles, apparel, footwear and consumer electronics.
" NRF worked to have a new “user fee” removed from the port security bill, saving retailers and other importers $650 million annually. " NRF fought the CHIP Act, legislation that would force retailers to collect a $10 recycling fee on every computer sold. POLITICAL ACTIVITY " NRF’s RetailPAC augmented legislative efforts by raising nearly $130,000 in 2002. Seventy of the 73 retail-friendly candidates supported were elected — an incredible 96 percent! In addition, NRF held seven retail industry fundraising events that raised more than $90,000 for prominent lawmakers such as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, and Senators-elect Norm Coleman and Lindsey Graham.