Postal, Patent Reform Top Agenda at Capitol Hill Fly-In

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), featured speaker at PRINT’S VOICE ’14 U.S. Senate luncheon.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), middle, with Wisconsin constituents (shown from left) Michael Aumann, CEO, Brandtjen & Kluge, Inc.; Pat Henderson, Director of Government Affairs, Quad/Graphics Inc.; John Berthelsen, President, Suttle-Straus Inc.; and, Mark Kannenberg, President, RBP Chemical Technology.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), center, is flanked by (shown from left): California constituents David Currie, National Sales Director, Plockmatic International; Nick Bruno, President, Harris & Bruno International; NPES and Printing Industries’ leaders, left to right: Ralph Nappi, President, NPES; Brad Thompson, CEO, Inland Press; Ron Rose, President, Nova Pressroom Products, LLC; Jeff Ekstein, President & CEO, Willow Printing Group Ltd.; and, Michael Makin, President and CEO, Printing Industries of America.

NPES Board of Directors and association staff on U.S. Capitol steps at PRINT’S VOICE ’14 Capitol Hill Fly-In.

WASHINGTON, DC—Sixty Senators, U.S. Representatives or their staffs, including nearly one-third of the U.S. Senate, heard the printing industry speak with one clear and loud voice during the 2014 edition of PRINT’S VOICE Capitol Hill Fly-In.

More than 50 industry executives and association leaders gathered on Capitol Hill May 6-7 and called on Congress to enact urgently needed postal and patent reform legislation before the end of 2014. They also made the case that first-year expensing of capital equipment purchases must be included as an essential element of comprehensive tax reform, and that the cost of advertising should remain fully deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.

Congress was also urged to enact international trade legislation and ratify international trade agreements that foster U.S. manufacturer’s ability to successfully compete in the global marketplace.

Featured elected officials who addressed Fly-In participants included, U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D -VT), U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), as well as U.S. Representatives Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Michael Michaud (D-ME), Reid Ribble (R-WI) and Lee Terry (R-NE).

During the course of the two-day program, attendees met with other senators and representatives during scores of congressional office visits to advocate for PRINT’S VOICE ’14 government affairs priorities. See issue briefs here.

Before the office visits attendees were briefed on the printing industry’s government affairs priorities by several panels of issue experts drawn from congressional committee staffs, Washington think tanks and industry experts.

Co-sponsored by Printing Industries of America and NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, PRINT’S VOICE, now in its fourth year, brings printers and suppliers together for a program of public policy education, issue advocacy, interaction with members of Congress and social events on Capitol Hill. This year’s Fly-In was also supported for the first time by the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers and the Association of Independent Mailing Equipment Dealers.

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