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National Grocers Association Hosts Fly-In On Capitol Hill

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Independent grocers from Wisconsin met with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to discuss policies issues critical to Main Street Grocers. From left: Molly Pfaffenroth, NGA director of government relations; Kevin Proctor, Save-A-Lot; Tula and Trig Solberg, T.A. Solberg Co.; Sen. Johnson; Brandon Scholz, Wisconsin Grocers Association; Ted Balistreri, Sendik’s Food Market.

The National Grocers Association (NGA) recently hosted members for a fly-in on Capitol Hill, where independent grocers and wholesalers conducted nearly 50 meetings with policymakers in Congress, the USDA and the White House. Over the span of two days, members from NGA’s government relations committee and board of directors advocated for a correction to a drafting error in the tax law dubbed the “retail glitch,” legislation to end retroactive pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration fees, reforms to the credit card marketplace, and regulatory guidance on cannabidiol (CBD), among other policy priorities. In addition to the meetings, NGA members went to the White House and met with Domestic Policy Council Director Joe Grogan, and other administration officials. The group finished the week at the Department of Agriculture, where the group discussed its priorities for WIC in upcoming legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs with Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Pam Miller.

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Ron and Jennifer Graff of Columbiana Foods Inc. met with Congressman Bob Gibbs (OH-7).
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Main Street Grocers visited the White House to discuss the importance of passing the USMCA, fixing the retail glitch, reining in retroactive DIR fees, and common sense CBD regulation.
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NGA members talk with Department of Agriculture and met with Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Administrator Pam Miller on priorities for WIC in upcoming legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs.

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