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Printing Industries of America advocates a member-driven public policy agenda before Congress, the White House, and Federal agencies that benefits and protects America’s printing and graphic communications industry.
The association also seeks to raise the industry’s political visibility on Capitol Hill through grassroots advocacy, the Printing Industries of America’s Legislative Conference (held in even numbered years), and PrintPAC, the only political action committee dedicated solely to representing the political interests of the printing and graphic communications industry.
In relation to the Value of Print campaign Printing Industries of America’s advocacy agenda is focused on the following:
Nearly half of all printed material enters the mail stream, making the United States Postal Service (USPS) critical to the continued success of the printing and graphic communications industry. The “mailing economy” is comprised of multiple economic sectors, including: the U.S. Postal Service, key stakeholders (i.e., paper & forestry, printing & packaging, equipment manufacturers), and mail-intensive industry sectors (i.e., publishing, financial services, advertising, retail). In sum, it contributes nearly $9 billion annually in economic value—close to 9 percent of the nation’s GDP—and is responsible for providing approximately 9 million jobs.
Printing Industries of America works closely with USPS and other associations to ensure that mail continues to be cost effective, efficient, and user-friendly method of communication.
- Postal Primer: Key Issues Affecting the Future of the USPS (January 2010)
- Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service Letter to U.S. House: 3-26-2010
- Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service Letter to U.S. Senate: 3-26-2010
- Association for Postal Commerce Issue Brief: USPS 5-Day Delivery Model Proposal (12/2009)
Environment and Energy Policy
Printing and graphic communications companies are committed to responsible environmental stewardship and increasing energy efficiency. The industry works closely with suppliers to encourage recycling programs, sustainable practices, and non-toxic inks.
Printing Industries of America is working with like-minded associations to establish the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership—a “green stamp of approval” for printers. Despite efficiency improvements, print remains an energy intensive industry that is also dependent on another energy-intensive material—paper. Printing Industries of America data shows that energy costs rose by 7.2 percent in 2008. Stable energy prices will help printing and graphic communications companies remain competitive.
Printing Industries Advocacy
Climate Change/Cap and Trade
Concerns about the effect of carbon dioxide on climate change have prompted governments to consider restrictions on emissions from industries. A cap and trade program would place a cap on nationwide emissions of greenhouse gases and require industries and energy companies to purchase emissions certificates to continue operations. These certificates would then be traded on an open market allowing companies to purchase or sell credits based on their need for emissions. The number of certificates available would decrease with time in an attempt to gradually reduce emissions. Profits from the program would be returned to vulnerable companies consumers and invested in alternative energy technologies. Data from the National Association of Manufacturers shows that the economic impact of carbon cap and trade legislation could be substantial. According to the study, by 2030, electricity prices could increase by 129 percent. Dramatic increases in the cost of electricity and gasoline could lead to job losses of up to four million. By 2030, losses in the printing industry alone could total more than $1 billion. The paper industry, on which print is dependent, could stand to lose $30 billion.
Printing Industries of America’s Position
The printing and graphic communications industry is committed to responsible environmental stewardship. Printing Industries of America supports voluntary measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but is concerned about the possible effects of a mandatory cap and trade program. Cap and trade legislation would have a significant impact on America’s global competitiveness. Printers are working hard to be more sustainable and reduce emissions and Printing Industries of America looks forward to working with Congress as comprehensive climate change legislation is developed and debated.
Research & Industry Data
Consumer Product Safety Consumer Act
On August 14, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The legislation, in large part a response to high-profile recalls of both imported and domestically-produced children’s toys and products, greatly expands the authority of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and regulates potentially hazardous children’s products, among other things. Specifically, the Act establishes lead and phthalate (e.g. plasticizers that could be found in inks, coatings and adhesives) content limits and requires testing and certifying of products to ensure they do not exceed these limits. These new regulations include children’s books and other printed materials as products subject to the new limits and testing requirements.
Printing Industries of America’s Position
Printing Industries of America commends the general intent of the Act and hopes that it leads to increased consumer safety for children. Printing Industries of America also is concerned that the Act will impact negatively the production and use of books and other printed material and believes urgent action to exempt ordinary books and printed material is needed to avoid confusion and devastation in the printing, publishing, and retail marketplace.
111th Congress and Obama Administration
Printing Industries of America is working with allies in the publishing industry to make the case for the safety of printed materials before the CPSC and Congress. Key legislators, including House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) have been critical of the CPSC’s process for implementing the legislation, calling for more clarity and timeliness in the regulatory process. Waxman, however, has been reluctant to modify the law to offer exemptions for printed products. The CPSC has requested, and Printing Industries of America has provided, test date to help determine whether children’s books and other printed materials should be granted an exemption to the CPSIA.
- CPSC 10-29-09 Policy Statement Explaining 8-26 Determination and Component Testing (The 10-29 policy statement along with the 8-26 determination (see Policy & Research below) are important documents as they can be shared with customers to demonstrate that if a product is made exclusively from exempt materials, then no testing or certification is required. If testing is required, then only the component that is not currently exempt would have to be tested.)
- Fact Sheet on CPSIA
- Frequently Asked Questions About CPSIA
- Webinar on CPSIA - What Printers Should Know About Tracking Label Requirements and the Latest Determination
- CPSC’s Web Page on CPSIA
- Find An Accredited Testing Lab
- CPSIA Labeling Fact Sheet
Printing Industries’ Advocacy
- Other Printed Material Tracking Label Comments 4/27/09
- CPSIA Background and Talking Points
- FAQ on Requirements of the CPSIA
- imPRINT Special Edition: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act 1-16-09
- imPRINT Special Edition: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act 2-4-09
- imPRINT Special Edition: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act 2-9-09
- Printing Industries Phthalates Comments 3-25-09
- Small Business Hearing Statement for the Record 5-14-09
- Ordinary Books Tracking Label Comments 4/23/09
- AAP/PIA Letter Requesting CPSC GC Advisory Opinion re CPSIA 12-4-08
- NAM/PIA/Allied Association Petition to CSPC 12-16-08
- NAM Petition Requesting Stay 1-27-09
- Industry Request for CPSC Determination
- Industry Response to CPSC June 18 Information Request 7-1-09
- AAP BMI PIA Request for Testing Stay Extension 12-11-09
- Senate Commerce CPSC Hearing (12-2-10) Statement for the Record
- PIA, BMI, AAP Request for One Year Extension of Stay 12-16-10
Capitol Hill Advocacy
- Waxman/Rush/Rockefeller/Pryor Letter to CPSC 1-16-09
- Barton/Radanovich Letter to House Commerce Chairman 1-21-09
- Blackburn/Duncan Letter to CPSC 1-22-09
- Waxman/Rush/Rockefeller/Pryor Letter to Obama 2-3-09
- Waxman/Rush/Rockefeller/Pryor Letter to CPSC 2-4-09
- Senator Kyl Letter to CPSC – 5/20/2009
- Rep. Marchant Letter to CPSC – 5/19/2009
- Sen. Thune Statement for the Record on CPSC Chairman Confirmation Hearing
- Sen. Chambliss Letter to CPSC – June 24, 2009
- Sen. Corker Letter to CPSC - June 25, 2009
- Sen. Wyden Letter to CPSC - July 8, 2009
- Idaho Sens. Crapo & Risch Letter to CPSC – July 24, 2009
- U.S. House and Leadership Letter to CPSC – 7-27-09
- House Energy and Commerce GOP Leadership Letter to CPSC - 7 30 09
- Bipartisan House Letter Supporting Exemption 7-31-09
- Presidents of Large Book Printers’ Letter to Rep. Dingell (D-MI) Delivered at District Meeting 11-30-09
- CPSIA Proposals for Stakeholder Hill Meeting 01-06-11
Policy & Research
- CPSC Requests Flexibility in Implementing CPSIA and Granting Exemptions 1-15-10
- Federal Register Notice on Material Component Exemption 8-26-09 (The 8-26 determination along with the 10-29 policy statement (see Printer’s Guidance above) are important documents as they can be shared with customers to demonstrate that if a product is made exclusively from exempt materials, then no testing or certification is required.)
- Lead and Phthalate Testing Data for Books and Other Printed Matter
- CPSC Opinion Letter 1-15-09
- CPSC Advisory Opinion Letter 12-23-08
- CPSC Request for Data 1-27-09
- Commission Press Release on Stay of Enforcement 1-30-09
- Chairman Nord Statement on Stay 1-30-09
- Commissioner Moore Statement on Stay 1-30-09
- Federal Register Notice on Stay of Enforcement 1 30 09
- Summary of CPSC One Year Stay of Enforcement of Testing and Certification Requirements
- CPSC Response to Waxman/Rush/Rockefeller/Pryor Letter 2-3-09
- CPSC Enforcement Policy on Lead Limits
- What to do Now About The CPSIA
- Federal Register Product Labeling
- Federal Register Phthalate Requirements
- CPSC 6-18 Follow-up Letter to 6-9 Industry Meeting
- Press Release 6-25: Printing Industries Welcomes New CPSC Chairwoman
- Printing Industries of America Announces Petition to CPSC
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Published on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 (updated 05/30/2014)