A healthy electronics industry is critical to the economy and national security of all nations. That’s why 17 IPC member-company executives gathered in Washington, D.C. last week (June 10-11) to meet with senior policy makers as part of IMPACT 2014: IPC on Capitol Hill. Through a series of meetings, the executives educated lawmakers about the needs of our industry, specifically:
- Manufacturing and the economy: Support for domestic innovation and manufacturing through the creation and full funding of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and passage of S. 1468/H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI). The NNMI is a public-private partnership that draws on the resources of the federal government, local governments, universities, research institutes and industry to accelerate R&D of manufacturing technologies with commercial applications. IPC is working with its members and the government to influence the selection of the next round of R&D programs in areas such as flexible hybrid electronics and electronic packaging and reliability.
- Environmental regulation: A bipartisan effort to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and promote recycling of manufacturing byproducts.
- National Security: A modernized export control regime with clear and appropriate controls on printed boards designed for defense electronics.
- Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), who plays a leadership role on both environmental and manufacturing policy issues.
- Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, who told us about a planned a committee vote on the RAMI bill in July, as well as his support for extending the R&D tax credit and insisting upon science-based environmental regulations.
- Jason Miller, Special Assistant to President for Manufacturing Policy, with whom we discussed our shared support for the NNMI and how we can work together to promote its enactment and successful launch in the coming year.
The full agenda and list of meetings is here: http://www.ipc.org/calendar/2014/capitol-hill-day/agenda.htm.
IPC also arranged opportunities for member-company executives to sit down with their hometown congressional representatives to discuss key issues.
Altogether, IMPACT 2014 was another reflection of IPC’s commitment to making our members’ voices heard in the halls of government. We are constantly working to deepen and widen our network of influential friends and allies. Our member-company executives’ personal involvement delivers significant benefits for them and for the entire industry.
Thanks again to all who participated! Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for our IPC Government Relations program.
John Mitchell, IPC President and CEO, will deliver a video recap of IMPACT 2014: IPC on Capitol Hill in the July 1 issue of IPC Outlook.