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Schatz Named "Hero of Main Street"

Washington, DC—This week, as part of National Small Business Week, the National Retail Federation (NRF) named Senator Brian Schatz one of its “Heroes of Main Street” for his commitment to supporting local retail. This year, in particular, the NRF recognized members of Congress who are seeking to level the playing field between brick and mortar and online retailers.

“Retail is critical to Hawai‘i’s economy, and we’ve got to do everything we can to help local businesses thrive,” said Senator Brian Schatz. “When retail stores in our neighborhoods are doing well, communities and families in Hawai‘i prosper. That is why I will do everything I can to encourage business owners to set up shop in our communities, creating jobs and contributing to Hawai‘i’s status as the ultimate tourist destination.”

"Today we salute a dedicated group of public servants and advocates for their outstanding support of the retail industry,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “These ‘heroes’ have all demonstrated a unique understanding and commitment to policies that will ensure a growing and thriving Main Street. NRF is pleased to acknowledge these specific Members of Congress for their unmatched leadership on the Marketplace Fairness Act.”

The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans.