Blog Posts - Government Affairs

  • 07/30/2012

    As many of you know, postal reform has been slow moving in Congress this summer. Accordingly, Printing Industries of America’s Government Affairs team has been busy on Capitol Hill, trying to encourage lawmakers to stop the political messaging and pass H.R. 2309, the Postal Reform Act of 2011.  The Senate has done its part and passed its bill, but postal reform cannot become law until the House acts. A bill is ready to go, but election-year politics are making it very unlikely that the House will bring postal reform legislation to a floor vote this summer. As a result, we have voiced our concerns regarding the disastrous consequences this delay would pose to the printing and graphic communications industry—and to the overall future viability of the U.S. Postal Service.

    Now it’s time for you to tell lawmakers to pass postal reform now! The month of August is a crucial time to reach out to lawmakers and staff while...

  • 08/05/2011

    The high-stakes debt ceiling debate and votes may have stolen all of the media attention this week, but another very critical piece of legislation: a revision of the burdensome, flawed Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which called for costly environmental testing and safety certification of children's books and other printed materials.

    On Monday, August 1st the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2715) by an overwhelming ...

  • 08/01/2011

    BIG news! BIG victory! A bipartisan, expedited compromise bill to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (H.R. 2715) has passed the House of Representatives this afternoon. This legislation EXCLUDES ORDINARY BOOKS & PAPER-BASED PRINTED MATERIALS from third-party testing and certification under CPSIA (books w/ “inherent play value” like plastic parts or stuffed animals would still be regulated). The vote passed by a vote of 421-2. We are now onward to the Senate!

    Prior to the vote, the limited debate included supportive-only floor speeches from Subcommittee Chairman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Subcommittee Ranking Member Butterfield (NC) (who also spoke on...

  • 06/29/2011

    Last week we put out a video and letter regarding Obama's Executive Order to cut waste in the government. While we agree whole heartidly that cutting wastful spending is a necessity, we didn't appreciate his mischaracterization of print in his address. You can view his video here to get an idea of what we're talking about. 

    Here is our video response:


    Agree? Disagree? We'd love to hear in the comments!

  • 06/23/2011

    Printing Industries of America is proud to be a part of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service. This coalitions consists of business mailing associations and companies – including magazines, newspapers, advertisers and catalogers, financial services, telecommunications,  insurance and other statement mailers, high-tech businesses, small businesses of every kind – and their suppliers – paper, printing, technology, envelope manufacturing, mail services and other companies, who understand the essential role played by the U.S. Postal Service and want to see it sustained, reformed and strengthened to meet the demands of the future.

    The U.S. Postal Service yesterday announced it is suspending its employer contributions to the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) as a way to...