The International Trade Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to reverse tariffs on newsprint–marking a huge victory for all U.S. newspapers.
“We accomplished many things: first and foremost, we got the tariffs reversed; second, we successfully engaged our congressional delegation and last, we developed important relationships with members of Congress,” said VPA Executive Director, Betsy Edwards. “This is not the end – but the beginning of our work in telling the story of the importance of newspapers. Let’s keep the presses rolling.”
In June, Edwards and board members Steve Stewart (Boone Newspapers), Bruce Potter (Inside NoVa), Carol McCracken (Chesterfield Observer), Chad Harrison (Womack Publishing), previous board president Matt Paxton (NNA, News-Gazette) and VPA lobbyist Aimee Perron Seibert were part of a national “fly in” to Washington D.C.
While in D.C., the VPA team met with several members of Virginia’s congressional delegation to voice their opposition to the tariffs. The VPA team, along with VPA’s lobbyist, Aimee Perron Seibert, worked with Congressman McEachin’s office on an opposition letter to the ITC that was signed by both Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as six Virginia congressmen.