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Industry Advocacy Takes Center Stage at White House and on Capitol Hill

During the ISRI Winter Board and Committee Meetings held last week in Washington D.C., ISRI members had their voices heard loud and clear on key issues related to the industry by government leaders.
More than 25 ISRI members visited nearly 55 Congressional offices to discuss several key issues relevant to the recycling industry. In addition to educating members of Congress on how the industry itself operates, ISRI members discussed the implications of China’s ban on certain scrap commodities, the importance of tax reform to their individual businesses, and transportation needs.

One of the highlights of the week was a guest presentation by White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative, Intergovernmental Affairs and Implementation Rick Dearborn. Dearborn discussed the Administration’s priorities, including a transportation and infrastructure bill which could have positive implications for the recycling industry. ISRI members had the opportunity to ask questions which focused on job creation and immigration issues. Members also thanked the Administration for its work on the new tax reform law which contained full expensing for capital equipment and lower marginal tax rates for corporations and individual company pass-throughs. Dearborn pointed out that the Administration was particularly keen on hearing from recyclers about specific examples on how they benefited from tax reform and how they invested the money to grow their business. If you would like to share any examples from your company, please contact ISRI Chief Lobbyist Billy Johnson. Overall, it was an informative dialogue that not only helped ISRI members better understand the Administration’s priorities, but also assisted the White House learn more about our key issues and how its policy decisions impact businesses.

Tied to all of these advocacy efforts and those in the upcoming year, was the Board approval of ISRI’s 2018 Advocacy Agenda. The agenda provides the framework for which ISRI’s grassroots advocacy and lobbying efforts are built around for the year and highlights ISRI’s positions on key issues. It emphasizes six broad issue areas affecting the industry: Taxes & the Economy, International Trade, Energy and the Environment, Transportation & Infrastructure Development, Workplace Safety Initiatives, and Regulatory Policy. If you have any questions and comments on the Advocacy Agenda or how you can become more involved in the issues, please contact Billy Johnson at any time.

Also, please remember that these Board and Committee meetings are open to all ISRI members. The next ones will take place during ISRI2018, April 14-19 in Las Vegas.

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