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Retailers Urge Swift Confirmation of McAleenan to Lead Customs Agency

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The National Retail Federation today welcomed the Senate Finance
Committee's approval of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting
Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan's nomination to serve as the permanent
head of the agency, and urged the Senate to move swiftly on his
confirmation.

"We're pleased to see Mr. McAleenan's nomination for this important
position finally moving through the process," NRF Senior Vice President
for Government Relations David French said. "As major importers,
retailers rely on CBP to facilitate legitimate commerce and enforce our
trade laws, which is essential to our nation's global competitiveness.
Mr. McAleenan has the proven leadership and experience needed to
continue overseeing these critical responsibilities, and we urge the
Senate to move swiftly on his confirmation."

Earlier this year, NRF sent a letter
to members of the Finance Committee urging full support for McAleenan's
nomination. Retailers view CBP as a vital partner in their global supply
chains and work closely with the agency on multiple fronts to improve
supply chain security and trade enforcement as well as movement of goods
across borders.

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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