National Newspaper Association expects to join an appeal of the Jan. 26 postage rate increase. The appeals, which customarily take about a year to reach a ruling, are not expected to halt the January increase. Rather, NNA expects the dispute to be about the addition of the $2.8 billion to the U.S. Postal Service rate base, as well as the commission’s repeated findings that USPS financial woes are because of Internet diversion more than the recent recession. Previous PRC and court rulings have granted the recession as a basis for emergency rate increases, but USPS is expected to manage its operations to adapt to the gradual Internet diversion.
The Algae Biomass Organization, which represents algae developers, labs, and companies in the energy industry, is setting up shop in Washington, where they will hire a new executive director and staff. ABO's current executive director, Mary Rosenthal , is also leaving the association.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to continue to support mainstream pro-business Republican candidates over hardline tea-partiers. U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue said that tea party conservatives will not advance the Chamber’s legislative agenda, including immigration reform, an overhaul of the tax code, trade deals, and the raising of the debt ceiling. Donohue said, "I think they're well-intentioned people, except when they get to Washington, they're not going to do what we want them to do, so why should we help them get here?"
The kick-off event for Meetings Mean Business was held at the Professional Convention Management Association's Conveying Leaders Conference in Boston. Meetings Mean Business is a joint initiative by various travel, meetings and event associations and companies to promote the value of business travel and meetings to the association and business communities. Groups represented at the launch event included U.S. Travel Association, PCMA, Meeting Professionals International, American Society of Association Executives, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Destination Marketing Association International, Maritz Travel and Hilton Hotels.
The American Apparel & Footwear Association released a new mobile app in January, the goal of which is to promote member engagement in grass-roots advocacy. The app enables members to connect with members of Congress on key issues for the organization, particularly renewing trade promotion authority and passing the Affordable Footwear Act.
Professional Compounding Centers of America opened a public affairs department, which will work to advance the association’s public policy agenda at the local, state, and federal levels. Jim Smith, PCCA’s president, said of the move that "It is critical that we commit meaningful resources to support PCCA's public policy efforts, which are centered around preserving patients' access to customized medicine and protecting the pharmacists and prescribers who make personalized care a viable option for those who depend on it.”
The Retail Industry Leaders Association has unveiled their 2014 public policy agenda. View it here: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1015996-rila2014pubpolagenda.html