Print's Voice '14 Capitol Hill Fly-In to Bring Graphic Communications Industry Concerns to Congress
RESTON, VA—March 18, 2014—Members of NPES, Printing Industries of America, and key supporting associations will convene in Washington, DC, May 6-7, 2014, for Print’s Voice ’14 where they will bring graphic communications industry business concerns directly to their elected representatives and other congressional leaders. During this fourth annual Print’s Voice Capitol Hill Fly-In participants will advocate for restructuring and revitalizing the U.S. Postal System, curtailing abusive “patent troll” practices, reducing burdensome government over-regulation, preserving pro-growth business tax policy, and strengthening U.S. exporters’ competitiveness in international trade. New for this year’s event, the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) and the Association of Independent Mailing Equipment Dealers (AIMED) have joined the Fly-in as supporting associations.
“Print’s Voice ’14 is a valuable opportunity to reach out to our congressional representatives on issues of concern to the printing industry,” said NPES Government Affairs Chairman Ron Rose, president, Nova Pressroom Products.
Printing Industries of America Government Affairs Chair Brad Thompson, president, Inland Press, also noted: “We urge NPES, Printing Industries of America, NAPIM and AIMED members to join us as we speak directly to our elected officials and hear from political and policy experts on issues vital to our businesses and our employees’ livelihoods.”
NPES President Ralph Nappi also stated: “With crucial issues, such as postal reform, that are of huge importance to our members and their customers, it’s imperative for our industry to weigh in with the information legislators need to make informed decisions.”
Printing Industries of America President Michael Makin, relayed that “These face-to-face discussions with their constituents are the most effective way of getting the message across to lawmakers.”
The agenda for Print’s Voice ’14 includes a Tuesday welcome luncheon and afternoon issue briefings by invited Members of Congress and Washington, DC-based policy experts.
The day continues with a bi-partisan Congressional Reception in the Rayburn House Office Building, with emerging printing technologies and applications on display. Featured speakers will include Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-8-IL) and Congressman Reid Ribble (R-8-WI). Duckworth represents over 20 NPES member companies, more than any other U.S. Representative, and numerous printers. Ribble, together with Rep. Michael Michaud (D-2-ME), co-chairs the new Congressional Paper Caucus. Other members of the new Paper Caucus are also invited special guests, along with general invitations out for all members of the 113th Congress. A Congressional Dinner wraps-up the first day of the Fly-in, with Senate Minority Whip, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) as the invited speaker for the evening.
The program will resume Wednesday morning on the “Senate side” of Capitol Hill with a breakfast featuring Senate Speakers, followed by congressional office visits and a luncheon. Invited speakers for day two of the Fly-in include: U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Print’s Voice ’14 participants will spend Wednesday afternoon conducting more visits to various congressional offices, with the Fly-in concluding at 5:00 p.m.
To register for Print’s Voice ’14 Capitol Hill Fly-In, visit: www.npes.org/printsvoice14. For more information contact NPES Director of Government Affairs Mark J. Nuzzaco at phone: (703) 264-7235 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Printing Industries of America Vice President of Government Affairs Lisbeth Lyons at phone: (202) 730-7975 or e-mail: LLyons@printing.org.
NPES is a U.S. trade association representing more than 400 companies that manufacture and distribute equipment, software and supplies used across the workflow of printing, publishing and converting process. NPES is a co-sponsor of the global PRINT exhibition and GRAPH EXPO—the largest and most comprehensive prepress, printing, converting and package printing, binding and finishing, mailing and fulfillment, and digital, inkjet, offset, flexo, gravure, and hybrid technologies, products and services trade show and conference in the Americas.
About Printing Industries of America
Printing Industries of America and its local affiliates offer members the products and services that enhance their growth, efficiency, and profitability. It is the largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees and serving the interests of thousands of member companies through advocacy, education, research, technical information, and cost-saving resources.
About National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM)
The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) has been the only national trade association for the printing ink industry since its founding in 1916. The overall purpose is to promote the general development and improvement of member companies by fostering greater understanding and knowledge of the printing ink industry as well as representing the industry as a whole on a national basis. The association exists in order to serve its membership, which is accomplished by being both re-active and pro-active on key issues affecting the ink industry. NAPIM members include ink manufacturers, companies that supply raw materials and manufacturers of instrumentation and equipment utilized by the printing ink industry.
About Association of Independent Mailing Equipment Dealers (AIMED)
AIMED serves as the only association of Independent Dealers in the mailing, logistics, and electronic document management/business communications industry. The Association provides members with unique and cutting edge industry-specific learning opportunities through conferences, seminars and industry intelligence, plus opportunities to network, learn and grow their businesses. As an advocate for members, AIMED is the liaison within the industry to facilitate change and encourage continuous improvement.