IPC Global Advocacy Report
June 2017

Dear IPC Members and Friends:

John Hasselmann IPC places a high priority on government relations because so many public policy debates have large impacts on our industry. We advocate on your behalf on issues such as taxes, regulations, R&D, and the environment. 

In this report, we share some brief highlights of what the IPC Government Relations team is working on. Please send us your questions and suggestions

Sincerely,
John Hasselmann
VP of Government Relations

In This Issue:
Drumroll, Please! IPC’s GR Team Launches Policymaker Profile Series

Kevin Brady

IPC’s Government Relations team is pleased to announce Policymaker Profiles, a new series of monthly interviews aimed at revealing to you, our members, the thinking of leading government officials on current policy issues.

Our first edition is a Q&A with U.S. Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) who is leading efforts to overhaul America’s tax code. Congressman Brady, who represents the northern outlying areas of metro Houston, is Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has authority over taxes, trade, Social Security, and a variety of social welfare programs.

Read what Brady says about tax reform and the electronics industry.

Highlights from IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2017

IMPACT

On May 1-3, executives from IPC member companies gathered in Washington, D.C. to advocate for a pro-growth manufacturing policy agenda.

During the two-and a-half-day event, nearly 30 industry executives met with members of Congress and leaders of the Trump Administration to share their views on issues including tax reform, federal funding for manufacturing-related research and development programs, environmental policy and conflict minerals regulations. One highlight was IPC’s first meeting with a Cabinet-level official, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt!

Take a look at our event photos and a recap blog.  

Join IPC & ITI for Conference on Global Environmental Product Regulations
Coming up on June 5-9, IPC and ITI are joining forces for our annual roadshow to help our members keep up-to-date on current and emerging product regulations, including the latest on RoHS exemptions and evolving REACH requirements for substances in articles. The conference, which features speakers from EU government agencies, will be held in San Jose, Chicago and Boston. It is a must for anyone responsible for their company’s compliance!

For more information and to register, click here and/or contact Fern Abrams.

House Committee-Passed Bill Would Repeal Conflict Minerals Requirements
On May 4, the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill to repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank banking regulation law of 2010, including a repeal of the requirement for companies to conduct due diligence and report on “conflict minerals” in their supply chains.

IPC supports the goal of the conflict minerals requirement — ending violence and human rights abuses in central African mining regions — but we believe this law is an ineffective tool to achieve that purpose.

While the bill could be considered on the House floor in coming weeks, it is not expected to be taken up in the Senate in its current form due to opposition from various quarters.

Read more about IPC’s advocacy on this issue.

Skills Gap Study

House Panel Approves Workforce Skills Bill; IPC Releases U.S. Skills Gap Study
On May 17, the House Education and Workforce Committee approved the IPC-backed Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, also known as the Perkins Act reauthorization bill. IPC will continue to advocate for this bipartisan bill.

Workforce skills were also the focus of a meeting IPC recently held with Kim Ford, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education for Career, Technical, and Adult Education. The meeting was part of IPC’s overall efforts to step up its role in worker training initiatives. 

Meanwhile, according to a new IPC study, most electronics companies are having a difficult time recruiting qualified production workers, engineers, and technical professionals. To learn more and purchase the report, visit www.ipc.org/skills-gap-study.

IPC PAC

IPC PAC: A Greater Political Impact Through Our Industry’s Political Action Committee
The IPC Political Action Committee (IPC PAC) supports pro-manufacturing candidates in both political parties based on their positions on key policy issues. The IPC PAC aims to support as many candidates as possible who share our industry’s views on critical policy issues such as tax reform, regulations, trade, federal R&D investment, workforce development and high-skilled visas.  

For more information or to learn more about participation in the IPC PAC, visit our PAC website or contact Ken Schramko.

IPC’s European Membership Reaches All-Time High
IPC’s European membership has grown to an all-time high this year with more than 600 member sites in 34 European countries.

To better serve our European members, IPC last year opened an office in Brussels, which delivers the full suite of IPC products and services, including member support, standards development activities, educational opportunities, and public policy advocacy.

On October 10, IPC will hold its second "IMPACT" advocacy event in Brussels, bringing together industry executives and EU policymakers to discuss issues of mutual concern.

For information on IPC’s upcoming events in Europe, visit www.ipc.org/events.

Mark Your Calendars: October 6 is MFG Day 2017!

Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Daysm (MFG DAY) is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although any day can be a Manufacturing Day at your facility, the official date this year is Friday, October 6.

Supported by a group of industry co-sponsors including IPC, MFG Day aims to address misperceptions about manufacturing by encouraging our member companies to open your doors to your communities. This is a perfect opportunity to host facility tours or presentations for students, elected officials, or other invited guests. You can help spread the word on social media, too.

If you want to get involved but don’t know how, we would love to help. For ideas and resources, visit Manufacturing Day 2017 or contact Julie Desisto if you plan to participate. 

Help IPC Educate Policymakers by Hosting a Site Visit

Site Visit

Under IPC’s “Meet the Policymakers” program, IPC member companies host government officials at their facilities to help them learn first-hand about legislative and regulatory issues that impact our industry.

IPC members that have hosted site visits in recent years have included Bay Area Circuits, Creation Technologies, Juki Automation Systems, MC Assembly, Suntronic, TTM Technologies, VirTex Enterprises, and Viscom.

If you are interested in participating in this program or have questions, please contact Julie Desisto.