Shaping Our Policy Priorities for the Year Feb 23, 2017 By: Jennifer Hatcher, Chief Public Policy Officer & Senior Vice President, Government Relations Each year, FMI’s Government Relations department surveys its member companies to understand their policy and legislative priorities and how FMI can enhance our voice for food retail in Washington D.C. With a new presidential Administration and a new Congress, it is especially critical to focus on new opportunities and challenges for each of these issues so that we can have a measurable impact on the legislative and regulatory fronts of food retail. Our priority policy issues for 2017 are: Tax Reform Fixes to Affordable Care Act /Health Care Reform Swipe Fee Reform/Preservation of Debit Reforms Labor Policy Menu Labeling Food Safety/FSMA Pension Reform Food Assistance: Protect SNAP and WIC FMI Government Relations is working here in Washington to navigate the political landscape to provide a voice for the food industry and work with Congress, the regulatory agencies, and the FMI membership. Our public policy agenda covers a broad and diverse portfolio of legislative issues to accommodate the variety of business, consumer and workplace circumstances that the grocery industry manages. To keep up on the latest happenings in the nation’s capital, sign up for our newsletters for timely issue updates and early warnings. We also want to invite you to join our annual Day in Washington fly-in, May 2-4, 2017, to share your stories with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.