By John Hasselmann, IPC vice president of government relations
IPC understands that presenting a unified voice for the electronics industry is essential for advancing policies that affect the industry’s long-term future and strengthens the U.S. and global economy. That is why 22 IPC member-company executives descended on the nation’s capital for IMPACT 2015: IPC on Capitol Hill. During the two-day event, executives held several discussions with members of Congress and Administration officials on issues that are critical to the future of the electronics industry and the economy. These meetings provided industry insiders an opportunity to educate lawmakers on key issues from the association’s Global Policy Framework, including support for:
• Robust funding for the public-private partnerships authorized by the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in December 2014;
• Increased long-term funding for basic research and development programs, including the “American Innovation Act” (S. 747, H.R. 1398);
• Comprehensive tax reform, including a permanent R&D tax credit (H.R. 880);
• Education & training programs in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math); and
• Bipartisan efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (S. 697).
IPC members met with key policymakers in both the Executive and Legislative branches, including:
• Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Dr. Willie May, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) about the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and its status;
• Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, discussing bipartisan efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA);
• Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Joe Kennedy (D-MA), key supporters for the manufacturing industry and leaders in championing the RAMI Act and the NNMI;
• Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the Republican Co-Chair of the U.S. Senate Manufacturing Caucus, who recently cosponsored the Manufacturing Universities Act of 2015, which authorizes NIST to establish a program to designate up to 25 institutions of higher education as U.S. manufacturing universities; and
• Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA), who received the “2015 Government Impact Award” for his exemplary leadership and commitment to building a stronger U.S. electronics industry.
The full agenda and list of meetings can be found here: http://events.ipc.org/events/impact-2015-ipc-on-capitol-hill/agenda-f2fcee7a753347a3b9878fd603dea1e1.aspx.
In addition to these meetings, IPC also arranged over 40 individual meetings between member company executives and their hometown congressional representatives. These meetings provided the opportunity for executives to establish personal relationships with their Member of Congress and share personal experiences from the industry.
IMPACT 2015 was a huge success for IPC and its members, bringing in the largest number of executives yet for the event. IMPACT 2015, along with IPC’s advocacy work around the world, demonstrates a commitment to strengthen the electronics industry’s voice in the halls of government. Representing our industry as a unified force is one of the most effective ways we can shape its future.
Thanks again to all who participated! We hope to see you again next April as we further establish these relationships at IMPACT 2016.