Head to Washington, D.C., in show of force lobbying effort to press Congress to reverse harmful newsprint tariffs

CNPA is working with the News Media Alliance (NMA) to put together a one-day face-to-face lobbying effort in Washington D.C. on June 13/14. We need California publishers and newspaper executives to join CNPA and NMA staff for sit-down meetings with your Congressional representatives.

NMA and its sister press associations across the country intend to show a united effort in opposition to the recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint. CNPA staff will coordinate with NMA to schedule meetings, prepare talking points specifically for your use, and accompany you to the meetings as schedules permit.

The details

From NMA:
“Publishers and other newspaper executives know more than anyone about the impact of newsprint tariffs on your newspaper’s ability to provide news and information to your local community. You are in the best position to explain the impact on your business, employees, advertisers and readers.

That is why we are asking you to participate in a Washington “Fly-In” on June 13-14 to meet with Members of Congress and explain the unintended consequences ofnewsprint tariffs on newspaper operations, news coverage and jobs in your local community. The objective is to encourage policymakers to support efforts to reverse these unwarranted and damaging tariffs.

Note: We will begin the “fly-in” event with a briefing in the late afternoon on the June 13, followed by a full day of congressional meetings on June 14.

Please join us in Washington for a show of strength and solidarity in our industry.

RSVPs and questions should be sent to Paul Boyle.

Hotel reservations at the Hyatt House Washington DC / The Wharf can be made here.

Attendees will also have the option to book their rooms by calling Hotel’s toll free Reservation Line, 202-554-1234. For individuals to receive the established Group rate, they must identify themselves as members of the 2018 Fly-In Group initially when making the reservation.”

Hotel cut-off date: May 22, 2018

Please seriously consider joining NMA and CNPA for the fly-in lobby campaign. With California having the largest Congressional delegation, you, as leaders of the newspaper industry in California, will have considerable influence with these decision-makers and your participation will be vital to repeal these harmful tariffs.

If you have any questions please contact Jim Ewert, 916-288-6013, or Tom Newton, 916-288-6015.

Also, please contact Jim if you plan to attend and he will coordinate with Paul Boyle at NMA.