Category Archives: Government Relations

Tax Reform on the Move in Washington, D.C.

By Ken Schramko, government relations director Comprehensive tax reform is on the move in the U.S. Congress. On Thursday, November 2, Republican leaders in the U.S. House unveiled a comprehensive tax reform proposal and signaled plans to seek approval in the full House by Thanksgiving. Senate Republicans also are crafting a bill, which they aim […]

Brexit: Potential Impact on the Electronics Industry

Brexit will have a big impact on the electronics industry. The so called “phase one” of the negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) is ongoing, with the two parts trying to reach an agreement on the terms of the exit of the UK from the bloc. In December, we are […]

EU Circular Economy Initiatives — Possible Impact on Electronics Waste Management, Reuse and Recycling

The European Union (EU) is currently discussing new legislative and non-legislative initiatives aimed at establishing a Circular Economy. Their objective is to improve waste management, recycling, and reuse in Europe, in order to minimize the environmental impact of products, including electronics. These initiatives, once adopted, are likely to impact the electronics industry in different areas, […]

Treasury Report Calls for End of Conflict Minerals Regulations

The Treasury Department has called for scrapping corporate reporting requirements on conflict minerals and other topics. The department, in an October 6 report on growing the economy stated, “federal securities laws are ill-equipped to achieve such policy goals, and the effort to use securities disclosure to advance policy goals distracts from their purpose of providing […]

IPC Secures Governors’ Proclamations for Manufacturing Day 2017

By Julie Desisto, IPC Government Relations Coordinator Friday, October 6th marks the annual celebration of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) across the United States. Manufacturers are joining in a collaborative effort to highlight current innovations and inspire the next generation of manufacturing professionals. IPC, an official endorser of MFG Day, took the initiative of reaching out […]

European Parliament Approves Amendments to RoHS Directive to Facilitate Secondary Market Operations

On 3 October, the European Parliament approved the review of the scope of the Directive on Restrictions of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS Directive). The Commission, the Parliament and the Council agreed in June on the text in inter-institutional negotiations. The amendments extend beyond the current 2019 deadline […]

IPC Welcomes Trump Administration’s Framework on U.S. Tax Code

On September 27, 2017, the framework for tax reform was released, which reflects the agreement reached by the White House and Republican leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. According to the authors of the framework, it is intended to serve as a “template” for the committees of jurisdiction […]

Huizenga Amendment on Conflict Minerals Approved by the U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives today adopted an amendment by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) that would prohibit the use of funds for any action on rules issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to conflict minerals. The amendment was attached to the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2018 that is currently making […]

IPC Supports Apprenticeships and Jobs

By Julie Desisto, government relations coordinator Given the perennial shortage of skilled talent in many parts of the country, IPC advocates for ambitious public policies to address the skills gap. That’s why IPC supports the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act (S. 1352), introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). In late July, […]

UK Government Calls for Frictionless Movement of Goods Post-Brexit

By John Hasselmann, vice president, government relations As the negotiations for the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) resume this week, the British Government laid out what it expects to achieve for the future relationship between the UK and the EU in a series of positions papers on a range of topics: […]