This Week in Congress
March 24, 2020
The House and the Senate are in session this week. As of press time, the Senate continues to work to reach a bipartisan compromise on the third stimulus bill to address the coronavirus pandemic.... READ MORE
MEMA Working to Secure the Motor Vehicle Parts Industry During COVID-19 Crisis
March 24, 2020
MEMA recognizes the challenges and uncertainties facing motor vehicle parts manufacturers and the need for companies to be able to swiftly and appropriately respond to this crisis. Bill Long, MEMA... READ MORE
Senate Continues to Negotiate on Emergency Package
March 24, 2020
Negotiations continue in the Senate as both parties work to reach a deal to provide relief for businesses, worker, and health care systems. The Senate failed to reach cloture twice on a $2... READ MORE
MEMA Updating State by State Breakdown of ShIP/Business Restriction Orders in Response to COVID-19
March 24, 2020
MEMA is providing updates on shelter in place (ShIP) and business restriction orders by state, in an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus, that affect motor vehicle repair... READ MORE
Stateside Providing Updates on COVID-19
March 24, 2020
As a service to AASA, HDMA, MERA and OESA members, MEMA contracts with Stateside to provide timely updates on key issues affecting parts suppliers on the state level. Stateside is monitoring... READ MORE
U.S. Closes Borders with Canada and Mexico to Nonessential Travel
March 24, 2020
In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. and Canada announced on March 18 that they would close their borders to non-essential travel, with trade being excepted. Two... READ MORE
USTR Requests Comments on Plans to Negotiate a Free Trade Agreement with Kenya
March 24, 2020
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer requested comments on USTR’s plan to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement with Kenya, as required under Section 102 of the... READ MORE
U.S. Sets Tariffs on Airbus
March 24, 2020
On March 18, the U.S. increased tariffs on European aircraft manufacturer Airbus from 10 to 15 percent. The tariffs were imposed in retaliation for subsidies given to Airbus by the European Union... READ MORE
State Update
March 24, 2020
As a service to AASA, HDMA, MERA and OESA members, MEMA contracts with Stateside to provide timely updates on key issues affecting parts suppliers on the state level. For brief summaries and... READ MORE
This Week in Congress
March 17, 2020
The House of Representatives is in recess this week. In wake of the coronavirus epidemic, the Senate has delayed its scheduled recess this week in order to work on an economic relief package.
Congress Working to Finalize Coronavirus Aid Package
March 17, 2020
Early Saturday morning, the House of Representatives passed a medical and family focused aid package in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The bill will provide funding for free testing... READ MORE
Supplier Advocacy Network Day Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
March 17, 2020
The MEMA DC team has been closely monitoring the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the rise of cases in the Washington, D.C. area. After careful consideration of the safety and health of our... READ MORE
Report on State Government Responses to Coronavirus Pandemic
March 17, 2020
As a service to AASA, HDMA, MERA and OESA members, MEMA contracts with Stateside to provide timely updates on key issues affecting parts suppliers on the state level. Stateside is monitoring... READ MORE
MEMA Calls for Adjustment Period for Auto Industry Before USMCA Rules of Origin Regulations are Enforced
March 17, 2020
MEMA is urging the Trump Administration to provide an adequate adjustment period for implementation of auto rule of origin (ROO) regulations for the automotive industry in the US-Mexico-Canada... READ MORE
UK Publishes its U.S. Trade Negotiating Objectives
March 17, 2020
The UK’s Department for International Trade published the government’s trade objectives for negotiations with the U.S. in early March. The department sees the potential in growing trade between... READ MORE
U.S. on Course to Impose Tariffs on Airbus
March 17, 2020
The U.S. is set to increase tariffs on European company Airbus from 10 to 15 percent tomorrow. The White House announced that it would impose duties on Airbus back in February in retaliation... READ MORE
Senate Energy Bill Stalls Over HFC Reduction
March 17, 2020
Disagreements over whether to push forward an amendment to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) has caused the Senate to drop, at least for now, S. 2754, the American Energy Innovation Act... READ MORE
DOL Publishes Final Rule on Apprenticeship Program
March 17, 2020
The Department of Labor issued a final rule on March 10 for the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) to increase the number of apprenticeships in the nation. Under the program,... READ MORE
Pallone, Schakowsky Introduce Bill to Update NCAP
March 17, 2020
Last week, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.-6) and Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.-09) introduced H.R. 6256,... READ MORE