On Wednesday, as news traveled across Capitol Hill that December’s consumer price index rose 7%, PRINTING United Alliance issued a letter formally calling on Congressional leaders to end negotiations to pass the Build Back Better Act and shift focus to more immediate economic concerns.
Lisbeth A. Lyons
While the new law will affect many industries, here are a few key points for print providers to note. Don't expect quick action, though. The majority of spending in the new law will take months (or years) to implement.
President Biden published a revised framework of the Build Back Better plan, his administration’s signature legislation focused on “human infrastructure” (aka social/domestic policy spending).
The headlines coming out of the President's address on his Administration’s efforts to find a path out of the pandemic focused on the mandate for COVID-19 vaccines for certain employers. Action item No. 5 of the Path Out of the Pandemic plan garnered less attention, but is still worthy of review by printing companies.
There’s never been more publicity surround USPS and – in recent times – the postal rate increase stakes have never been higher.
As we finally begin to poke our collective heads out into an increasingly vaccinated world, it is time for Congress to address the next phase of industry sector relief and recovery. The restart of live events is one such sector that Congress can and should begin to address now.
The PRO Act has been circulating in the US Congress for the past six years, but has recently gained national media attention and newfound legislative momentum in past weeks. Why now? How serious is the legislative impact to the printing industry, and what can print companies do to take action to oppose the bill?
Raising revenue to pay for this bill will cause an all-out food fight amongst sectors of the business community.
The USPS released its long-anticipated 10-year strategic plan this week and it’s a decidedly mixed bag for the commercial mailing sector, a supply chain that includes printing and packaging, and one that in 2019 generated an estimated $1.6 trillion in sales.
As the printing industry continues to grow and diversify, so does its advocacy in Washington and across the country. This year saw a new president inaugurated, a new U.S. Congress sworn into office, and new faces among the ranks of governors and state legislators.
There’s a two-week window during which lenders will be exclusively servicing micro-businesses seeking loans through the Paycheck Protection Program.
It’s 50-50, folks. The two final Senate races have been decided, with Senators-elect Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock winning their respective Georgia run-off campaigns. This represents a practical challenge in running the Senate. If the operations manager in you is wondering, “How does that even work?”, read on.
HR 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, provides approximately $900 billion to bolster the U.S. economy amid the continued spread of COVID-19 and includes targeted economic relief for specific print verticals that have been especially hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 70% of printing businesses were able to continue operations last year in large part due to securing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Now, a second draw is available for continued support. But there are several key changes that accompany PPP 2.0.
As an essential industry, print and packaging has continued to function throughout a difficult 2020. PRINTING United Alliance has staunchly advocated Congress pass a major year-end COVID relief package before adjourning for the year.