read more CONGRESSMAN JOHNSON GETS RECOGNIZED Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04) was recognized as a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation today for consistently supporting public policy priorities important to the retail industry and its millions of small businesses. Rep. Johnson released the following statement: "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and I work hard in Congress to ensure our laws support their growth and prosperity. The pro-business policies put in place by the 115th Congress and the administration have led to an economic boom, and mom-and-pop shops all across the United States are seeing the difference. I am honored to be recognized as a ‘Hero of Main Street’ and will continue to champion efforts in Congress that benefit our small businesses.” NFR President and CEO Matthew Shay released the following statement: “Retailers and consumers are feeling good about the state of the U.S. economy, and a big part of that is the result of lawmakers who have made economic growth and job creation a top priority. As a ‘Hero of Main Street,’ Congressman Johnson truly understands that the decisions made in Washington have a real impact on local businesses and communities across the country.” BACKGROUND The Hero of Main Street Award was created by NRF in 2013, and eligibility is based on key votes, bill sponsorship and advocacy to advance retailers’ priorities. Recipients have supported policies that recognize the contributions of the retail industry and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained and healthy” retail sector.
With each new controversy, Donald Trump’s opponents plead with Republicans to denounce him. Hasn’t Mr. Trump broken from GOP orthodoxy on free trade, immigration and entitlement reform? Not to mention the personal scandals and the never-ending tweets. Why do Republican leaders hesitate to rebuke him?
A shallow answer is politics: Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker both tangled with Mr. Trump, and it turned out to be political suicide. But to get a deeper answer, it’s instructive to examine what Mr. Trump hasn’t done. Since the campaign, Mr. Trump has abandoned many of his previous positions and embraced traditional conservative views.