Printers, Mailers Hit Capitol Hill Urging Support for Postal Reform Bill

RESTON, Va. — March 29, 2017 — “The First 100 Days” NPES-Idealliance 2017 Legislative Conference brought a timely and unified message to Capitol Hill, March 22-23, when nearly 50 printing, imaging and mailing industry executives met with 46 congressional offices urging support for postal reform legislation, immediate 100% expensing of capital investment, and other top government affairs priorities of high importance to the $1.4 trillion industry that employs 7.5 million workers. The conference was co-hosted by NPES and Idealliance, and supported by Presidential Sponsor Canon, and Executive Sponsors NAPIM – the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers, and TLMI – the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute.

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“Bringing printers, mailers and their suppliers together in face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs, only a week after the approval of bi-partisan consensus postal reform legislation, H.R. 756, The Postal Reform Act of 2017, by the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee, was a well-timed grassroots advocacy effort designed to advance postal reform legislation in the House as a whole, as well as the Senate,” said Idealliance Executive Vice President Ken Garner. “Postal reform is clearly on a fast track, and our objective is to enact it this year,” he added. The urgent need for the legislation is heightened even further due to the impending review of United States Postal Service (USPS) postage rates by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), as required by the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. Provisions in H.R.756 that would provide greater financial stability and sustainability to the Postal Service, such as more fully integrating postal retirees into the Medicare system, would help mitigate against large and debilitating rate increases that could result from the PRC review.

In addition to congressional office meetings, the agenda for “The First 100 Days” Legislative Conference included a welcome luncheon, issue briefings by D.C.-based policy experts, and an address by Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman. Attendees also heard from H.R. 756 co-sponsors Congressmen Elijah Cummings (D-7-MD) Ranking Member of the OGR Committee, and Stephen Lynch (D-8-MA), as well as from their OGR colleague Carolyn Maloney (D-12-NY).

In addition to postal reform, industry executives advocated for:

Comprehensive tax reform, including:

  • Immediate 100% expensing of capital investment;
  • Lower tax rate for all businesses, regardless of how they are organized;
  • Elimination of the federal estate tax, with retention of the stepped-up basis for inherited assets; and,
  • Retention of the full and immediate deductibility of advertising as an ordinary and necessary business expense.

International trade agreements that foster U.S. manufacturers’ ability to successfully compete in the global marketplace, including:

  • International trade agreements that effectively open global markets to U.S. exporters, facilitating free, fair, and reciprocal trade; and,
  • A fully staffed Export-Import (EXIM) Bank that helps level the export financing playing field for U.S. manufacturers.

Health care reform that supports the employer-based health insurance system;

Regulatory reform that fosters fair regulatory process and review; and,

Government deference to the use of paper-based options for communications and/or compliance when needed by citizens.

“With crucial issues like these, it’s imperative for our industry to weigh in with the information legislators need to make informed decisions,” stated NPES Chairman Mal Baboyian, Executive VP, LFS/PPS, Canon Solutions America, Inc. “In fact,” he continued, “NPES believes this program to be so important that our Board, again this year, met in conjunction with the conference.” Baboyian’s sentiments were echoed by fellow NPES Board member Mark Kannenberg, President, RBP Chemical Technology, Inc. who said, “the conference exceeded my expectations in all regards.”

First-time attendee Don Schroeder, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, and Kurt Ruppel, IWCO Direct, both noted key “takeaways” from the event were a better understanding of the issues facing the industry, and the political context and process in which they are being addressed. NPES President Thayer Long added that the conference provided the opportunity to “network across printing, imaging and mailing industry associations.”

“The conference was both an opportunity and a responsibility to reach out to our congressional representatives on issues of concern to the printing, imaging and mailing industry,” said NPES Government Affairs Chairman Greg Salzman, President, Aleyant. And Idealliance Chairman Tim Johnson, CEO, Impact Proven Solutions concurred stating, “face-to-face discussions with lawmakers are the most effective way of getting the message across to them, and an opportunity not to be missed considering that congressmen and congresswomen each represent over 750,000 people and U.S. senators millions. This type of grassroots advocacy is something that every association member should consider attending.”

For more information about “The First 100 Days” NPES-Idealliance 2017 Legislative Conference, contact NPES Vice President, Government Affairs Mark J. Nuzzaco at phone: (703) 264-7235 or e-mail: mnuzzaco@npes.org, or Idealliance Executive Vice President, Ken Garner at phone: (703) 837-1070 or e-mail: kgarner@idealliance.o
Trade group commends bipartisan house postal reform initiative (June 20, 2016)

7 thoughts on “Printers, Mailers Hit Capitol Hill Urging Support for Postal Reform Bill

  1. Oftentimes people regardless of the information at hand, refuse to acknowledge the truth. At one time in the recent past, the coal Industry employed over 200,000 workers. Today, the fast food restaurant chain Arby’s has more employees than the entire coal industry. When will the print media industry realize that print is DEAD? Move on… Or move out! Or in this case, move under, as in 6 feet under the ground. Putting a temporary Band-Aid on a gaping wound will not cure the patient.

  2. Call your HR Congressman and tell them that you disagree with HR 756 and ask them to vote “NO”. Retired employees should not be forced to pay for FEHB and Medicare.

  3. The prefunding of the Postal Services health care costs should end now! Since no other employer is shafted with this invented cost the rip off must end. As we know people don’t really care about what is right or wrong, fair or unfair, they only care about what they can get away with! The Ratpublicans love the prefunding crap. They hope to be able to give the Postal service to a business bastard so they can make big bucks while the servants work for starvation wages. Our new leader wants to create new jobs by destroying current jobs!

  4. Good to see many advocacy groups representing many people and walks of life (beyond just USPS) rallying to support this bill. Now, the question becomes, can we count on our elected representatives to actually represent and move forward on a bi-partisan basis to pass some (including this) legislation that will actually do some good. Time will tell…

    • The groups supporting this bill are not looking out for the USPS current,
      or retired workers. Divided all current workers will meet the same fate
      as those who are retired now. This title ” Bi-Partisan ” is a joke. I don’t
      feel too bad for myself, as I am in better shape than many. What comes
      around goes around .

  5. Vote no!!!! Big mailers underpaying for years… Postal salary not as good as UPS…
    No Intervention into Failing Medicare

  6. Rep. Cummings several years past stated ” He doesn’t have confidence in the USPS administrating any healthcare plan based on their past history. Not sure when his level of concern changed, but now he’s praising the postal reform as its written, GEAUX figure that.
    Its apparent the potential harm to postal retirees is heading in our direction. The supporters of this legislation seems to think this is the right thing to do.
    Truth be told, Time will Tell!

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