Author Archives: Ken Schramko

USTR Seeking Public Comments on NAFTA

On May 18, the Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As stipulated by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA), this notification triggers a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico […]

What will Happen to the DOL Final Overtime Rule with the New Administration?

IPC continues to address issues with the Department of Labor (DOL) final overtime rule on its own and by working with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity—the coalition of companies and associations from many different industries. IPC’s significant concerns with the final rule are that it neglects to consider regional pay differences, wage compression on […]

Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Halting DOL Overtime Rule

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Department of Labor final overtime rule that would double the minimum salary threshold for salaried employees, indefinitely postponing the December 1 effective date while he weighs challenges to the rule. IPC has been mobilizing our members on this issue for months; and we’ve collaborated with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, a broad-based business coalition, in advocacy […]

IPC Applauds Passage of the 2015 PATH Act

Corporate Tax Reform bill will benefit IPC members U.S. federal tax policy heavily influences all U.S. businesses, including manufacturing. Given the importance of this issue, IPC’s government relations team is very active on matters of U.S. tax policy. With input from our members, and on their behalf, IPC advocates for corporate tax rates and incentives […]

Congressional Passage of ‘Tax Extenders’ Bill Is Great News for U.S. Electronics Manufacturers

IPC’s Persistent Advocacy Contributes to Bipartisan Victory IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® today is applauding the U.S. Congress for enacting meaningful tax reform legislation, including making the research and development (R&D) tax credit permanent. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act would revive more than 50 temporary tax provisions that expired in 2014, including […]

Tax Extenders Bill Passed

This week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation known as the tax extenders bill by a vote of 76 to 16, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill is now on its way to President Obama who is expected to sign the bill. The following tax extenders were among the provisions […]

U.S. Congress Holds Briefing on National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

Yesterday, the four lead sponsors of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act (S. 1468 & H.R. 2996), Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), jointly hosted a special congressional briefing on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker […]

RAMI Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996 the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. Viewed as a critical piece of legislation in America’s renewed effort to preserve and recapture manufacturing jobs, the RAMI Act focuses efforts to spur innovation and capitalize on emerging manufacturing technologies. “On behalf of IPC and our 2,200 […]

Bipartisan Manufacturing Innovation Legislation Advances in House Just Prior to Congress Adjourning for August Recess

On July 25, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act.  The bill, with amendments, passed by voice vote. It will now need to be voted on by the full U.S. House of Representatives. The companion bill in the U.S. […]

IPC Provides Feedback to DoD on Flexible Hybrid Electronics and Electronic Packaging and Reliability

In an effort to accelerate development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies for making new, globally competitive products with commercial and defense applications, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on future advanced manufacturing centers called Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation or IMIs. On July 14, IPC submitted two separate responses to […]