Jenn Strang, Sr. Marketing Manager
The 2017 Print & Packaging Legislative Summit took Capitol Hill by storm on June 20 and June 21. More than 50 representatives of the print and packaging industry took their message to the lawmakers. This year's agenda called for greater emphasis on topics such as workforce development, tax reform, smarter regulation, postal reform, and health care reform.
This year's Summit kicked off with a partner luncheon with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Vice President Mike Pence, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. "American manufacturing is roaring again" was the message the Vice President conveyed throughout his remarks while Speaker Ryan honed in on the need for tax reform to ease the financial burden placed on business owners.
That evening, attendees again gathered at the Fun & Games with Print reception in the Rayburn Building. Honored guests included Virginia Foxx (North Carolina), Sean Duffy (Wisconsin), Billy Long (Missouri), Neil Dunn (Florida), and Bruce Poliquin (Maine). After the reception, guests made their way over to 701 Restaurant for an elegant meal where special guest Senator Todd Young (Indiana) addressed the crowd.
Wednesday morning started bright and early at the NAM breakfast with Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta. The Secretary shared his vision for closing the skills gap and re-introducing apprenticeships in the workplace.
Following breakfast, Summit attendees hit the ground running with dozens of individual meetings on Capitol Hill, where they had the opportunity to share personal stories of how legislation is directly affecting their businesses.
Attendees were treated to an inside look at how our country's legislative process works and walked the halls in the footsteps of the important men and women who shape our country each day.