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NAMA Urges Congress to Follow Through on Commitment to Small Businesses, Employees

ARLINGTON, Va. – In a letter sent today, the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) President and CEO, Carla Balakgie, urged Congress to add the last quarter of the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) to the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill.

As passed by the Senate, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act terminates ERTC three months earlier than the Jan. 1, 2022 expiration date set earlier this year.

“The ERTC has been integral to many convenience services employers’ efforts to keep employees on payroll,” Mike Goscinski, senior director of external affairs said. “Without action from Congress, the hasty move to cut the ERTC short will result in yet another devastating blow to small businesses owners still reeling from the effects of Federal and State mandated shutdowns.”

Operators can support NAMA’s effort by submitting additional letters to their representatives through NAMA’s Action Center.

NAMA represents the $31 billion U.S. convenience services industry. By providing advocacy, education and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s nearly 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school and play.