The National Grocers Association said Wednesday it has presented its inaugural Champion of Independent Grocers Award to U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., in recognition of his efforts to advance pro-growth policies and workable solutions for independent grocers and wholesalers.

In presenting the award, Peter Larkin, NGA president and CEO, cited Young’s leadership on the Save American Workers Act, which seeks to fix “one of the most problematic provisions of the Affordable Care Act — the definition of fulltime employees as those averaging 30 hours a week,” he explained.

“Reinstating a 40-hour work week is vital to our members’ businesses and to their goal of providing quality benefits and available hours to their employees. We are grateful to Congressman Young’ work on this bill and for his support of policies that help independent grocers expand their businesses and create jobs in their communities.”

NGA said the new award recognizes members of Congress who demonstrate support for policies that advance and strengthen the independent supermarket industry.

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