CNPA staff goes to Washington, D.C., to battle newsprint tariffs

Last week, CNPA General Counsel Jim Ewert joined newspaper publishers, state press association managers and executives from across the country at the Capitol to meet with legislators and their staffs to gather support for the effort to oppose the tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint.

Ewert met with trade policy consultants in the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Kamala Harris as well as Representatives Devin Nunes (R-Visalia), Steve Knight (R-Palmdale), Jimmy Panetta, D-Monterey), Tom McClintock (R-Placerville) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Walnut Creek).

The objective of the meetings was to convince lawmakers to co-sponsor the PRINT Act and to testify or submit statements to the International Trade Commission at its meeting on July 17 about the harms inflicted on newspapers as a result of the tariffs.

In general, the staff members took notes and indicated their Members supported the industry’s efforts to repeal or end the tariffs. Rep. Knight agreed to become a co-sponsor of the House version of the PRINT Act, H.R. 6031.

Ewert is following-up with each office to get a commitment from the delegation members to co-sponsor the PRINT Act or comment at the ITC hearing.

CNPA is committed to repealing the tariffs, but the clock is ticking. Many of the newspaper representatives who went to the Capitol felt strongly that they made a difference and that momentum will continue to change lawmaker’s opinions positively in newspapers’ favor.

What can every newspaper in California do to continue to fight against newsprint tariffs?

  • Continue to editorialize and cover the topic in your pages.
  • Contact your local and state representatives. Paul Boyle at the News Media Alliance emphasized the effectiveness of publishers reaching out personally to your congressional members.
  • Ask your readers to express their concern to elected officials by reminding them how important the printed newspaper is.
  • Sign NMA’s petition to the ITC and run the house ads available at the STOPP coalition website urging your readers to sign the petition.