Friday, September 17th, 2010
As part of SPI: The Plastic Industry Trade Association’s three-day Fall 2010 National Board Meeting, members brought their voices, insights and concerns to Capitol Hill on September 15th. Taking place just two months before the November elections, this was an ideal opportunity for the plastics industry to make an impact with their Senators and Representatives.
In all, 53 people representing SPI member companies visited nearly 50 distinct congressional offices — telling plastics’ story as the third largest manufacturing sector in the nation. SPI members discussed a wide range of business issues with legislators, including energy, the R&D Tax Credit, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform, health care, cap and trade bills and a host of regional or state-specific concerns. One item that seemed to be on everybody’s mind was jobs, jobs, jobs!
It was important for SPI members to educate lawmakers about the plastics industry and remind them that our industry employs more than 1 million people. The visits also established SPI members as industry and business experts whom legislators should consult when in need of accurate information on a variety of critical issues.