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IBWA Advocacy Report - Senate vote on tariffs; Senate speaker confirmed for IBWA June event, and more!
May 9, 2022 by Cory Martin

Senate Supports Exclusions from 25 Percent Tariffs on Bottled Water Coolers from China

Last week, in bipartisan fashion, the U.S. Senate passed a Motion to Instruct authored by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) by a 53 to 47 vote. That motion counsels members of the Senate serving on the trade bill conference committee to support key language in the Senate-passed trade bill mandating that the U.S. Trade Representative move forward with a comprehensive exclusion process. In addition, that language also provides exclusions from the 25 percent tariffs on imports from China for products that previously received exclusions, which would include water coolers. Click HERE to read more.

Former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to Speak at the IBWA June Meetings

Former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who served in the Senate from 1997 to 2015, will speak on June 8 to IBWA members attending the summer Board and Committee meetings. Senator Landrieu will join conference attendees during the lunch held on Wednesday, June 8, and provide her thoughts on the benefits of bipartisanship, how to be an effective advocate, and answer questions from luncheon attendees. Click HERE to read more.

IBWA Opposes Legislation Harmful to Bottled Water in Rhode Island and Los Angeles

Recently, IBWA submitted comments this week opposing legislation in Rhode Island and Los Angeles that would harm bottled water sales in both locations. In Rhode Island, IBWA commented in opposition to a broad piece of legislation that, among other items, would prohibit the use of state funds to purchase “single-serving bottled water” except in emergency situations. In Los Angeles, the battle over plastic reduction continues, as the full City Council is preparing to act on recent recommendations from the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Rivers Committee on the reduction of single-use plastics.  Click HERE to read more.

IBWA Monitoring Latest Developments on Recycled Content Mandate in California, Washington and Maine

IBWA continues to follow the latest developments for recycled content mandates in California, Washington, and Maine. Click HERE for information on each state. 

Stay Informed - Be a Part of the PAC!

The IBWA Political Action Committee (IBWA PAC) is a critical tool for the industry to help support Members of Congress who support good public policy. Recently, the PAC has held several "Congressional Connection" events with Members to Congress, allowing PAC supporters to have direct access to these policymakers. If you do not receive information ahead of time for these events, it is most likely because IBWA does not have your company's Authorization to Solicit. This is a Federal Election Commission required form that IBWA must have on file in order to communicate with your regarding upcoming PAC events. Submitting your form is easy and only take a few moments - click HERE to submit your form online. If you are unsure if your company has submitted this form or have any other questions about the IBWA PAC, please contact Cory Martin, IBWA Vice President of Goverment Relations, at (703) 647-4618 or cmartin@bottledwater.org. 

IBWA State and Federal Legislative Tracking

Click HERE to download the latest IBWA state and federal tracking report. This includes all bills that IBWA is currently tracking at the state and federal level, information on last action, and more. 

For more information on IBWA advocacy issues, please contact Cory Martin, IBWA Vice President of Government Relations, at (703) 647-4618 or cmartin@bottledwater.org, or JP Toner, IBWA Director of Government Relations, at (703) 647-4616 or jtoner@bottledwater.org.


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