Printing Industries of America is pleased to announce its Advocacy Agenda for the 113th Congress. Advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry are multi-faceted. Direct lobbying, grassroots advocacy, media relations, industry research, and political advocacy through PrintPAC all support the organization’s mission to promote public policy that benefits the health and growth of the printing and graphic communications industry – while also working to block legislation deemed harmful to the industry’s viability and success.
Printing Industries of America’s key policy initiatives for the 113thCongress are as follows:
- Postal Policy
Working to carry the somewhat fresh momentum of postal reform from the 112th Congress into the 113th Congress and push it over the finish line once and for all.
Working to secure over 8 million private sector jobs connected to the mailing industry, over 700,000 of which are in the printing and graphic communications industry alone.
Ensuring that modernization efforts move forward quickly to adapt with the changing communications marketplace and to ensure a viable USPS remains well into the future.
- Tax Policy
Working to achieve comprehensive tax reform that includes both individual and corporate tax reform aimed at maximizing the economic output of the printing and graphics communication industry.
Building off the deal struck at the very end of the 112th Congress to avoid the “fiscal cliff” that included some permanent tax provisions that provide much needed certainty to many businesses and families.
- Health Care Policy
Monitoring the pending regulations within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) set to take effect over the next two years and compliance issues resulting from those regulations.
Advocating for a balanced solution with regard to the Employer Mandate that is cost effective for businesses and promotes growth for our member companies.
- Labor and Employees Benefits Policy
Monitoring regulatory actions and rulings from the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor.
Monitoring OSHA’s rulemaking on a pending new Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
Working to fix the problems dealing with multi-employer pensions, as provisions of the Pension Protection Act passed in 2006 are facing a sunset period and must be renewed, changed, or allowed to expire.
- Environmental & Energy Policy
Monitoring regulatory oversight of EPA and changes to the Clean Air Act.
Supporting and promoting voluntary recycling efforts of paper will continue, as will efforts to appropriately dispel myths surrounding print’s supposedly negative impact on the environment.
Identifying, responding to, and defeating efforts by environmental special interests to ban or restrict advertising mail (a.k.a., “Do Not Mail”).
- Other Policy Concerns
Printing Industries of America Government Affairs represents the printing and graphic communications industry on any issue that affects business and the bottom line. While most issues fall within the five categories of the Advocacy Agenda, Printing Industries also represents industry concerns in other areas.
- The New Congress
With a Republican House and Democratic Senate, expect the common theme of “Washington Gridlock” to continue in the 113th Congress. While it will be hard for legislation to become law, the bills that do pass will likely not be too lopsided. There are many new Representatives and Senators and we encourage you to reach out to your lawmakers whether they are new to the job or not. A congratulatory letter on their election or reelection is great way to engage.
The Printing Industries will keep members informed about the legislation that will affect their business. To keep abreast of the news from Washington, sign up for the newly revamped imPRINT newsletter published whenever Congress is in session and available on the website. Also look for Printing Industries of America advocacy alerts for opportunities to contact your lawmakers and make your voice heard.
For more information or to learn how your company can be more involved in Printing Industries’ advocacy efforts, please email: email@example.com or call the Printing Industries Washington, D.C. office at (202) 730-7975.