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This Week in Congress
August 11, 2020
Congress is not officially on an August recess, but very little legislative work is scheduled this week beyond continuing negotiations over the next round of stimulus aid. The House and Senate... READ MORE
White House Takes Executive Actions as Covid Relief Talks Falter
August 11, 2020
As Republicans and Democrats remain unable to reach an agreement on the next phase of COVID-19 economic relief, the White House issued executive orders on Saturday that extend an eviction moratorium... READ MORE
U.S.-China Friction Continues
August 11, 2020
The Trump administration has taken three significant China-related actions in the past week, which could exacerbate tensions between the U.S. and China. On August 6, President Donald Trump... READ MORE
USTR Publishes Several Notices on Sec. 301 China Tariffs in Federal Register
August 11, 2020
Several recent updates on the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China may impact MEMA member companies. A summary of these updates are below. Note: For a complete list of all of the actions to date... READ MORE
MEMA Opposes U.S. Reinstatement of Tariffs on Aluminum from Canada
August 11, 2020
Last week, President Donald Trump announced the re-imposition of 10 percent Section 232 national security tariffs on $2.7 billion of aluminum imports from Canada. These tariffs on allegedly surging... READ MORE
Buy American Bill Introduced
August 11, 2020
Last week, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced legislation that will make exceptions and waivers to Buy American requirements more difficult to obtain. Rep. David Cicillini (D-R.I... READ MORE
Lighthizer Indicates Trade Deal with UK Unlikely Before Election
August 11, 2020
United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer indicated last week that chances of a signed trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. are unlikely before the November election. The U.S. and the U... READ MORE
AAPEX 2020 To Be Virtual Experience
August 11, 2020
AAPEX 2020, scheduled for Nov. 3-5, 2020 at the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas, will not be held as an in-person tradeshow event this year due to the current state of the... READ MORE
Short-term EV Leases Approved by California Senate Transportation Panel
August 11, 2020
A bill that will allow manufacturers to engage in short-term rentals of individual electric vehicles was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee last week. Car dealers and conventional... READ MORE
State Update
August 11, 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... READ MORE
This Week in Congress
August 4, 2020
The Senate is in session this week, and the House has departed Washington for a tentative five-week recess. Please note the House could return, as negotiations continue on the effort to aid the... READ MORE
Coronavirus Economic Relief Package Falters as Deadline Passes; MEMA Supports Liability Relief Provisions
August 4, 2020
Efforts to reach a coronavirus relief package deal stalled last week in Washington despite the looming July 31 expiration of emergency unemployment benefits. Democrats and Republicans alike said they... READ MORE
MEMA Signs Joint Letter Urging White House to Suspend the Federal Excise Tax Due to COVID-19
August 4, 2020
On July 24, MEMA signed a joint letter that was sent to the White House urging President Trump to suspend the Federal Excise Tax (FET) on new heavy-duty trucks and trailers through 2021 due... READ MORE
MEMA Signs Joint Letter Urging White House to Suspend the Federal Excise Tax Due to COVID-19
August 4, 2020
On July 24, MEMA signed a joint letter that was sent to the White House urging President Trump to suspend the Federal Excise Tax (FET) on new heavy-duty trucks and trailers through 2021 due... READ MORE
Senate Confirms Two NLRB Members
August 4, 2020
Last week, the Senate confirmed Marvin Kaplan (Rep.) and Lauren McFerran (Dem.) to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).   Kaplan is currently a Republican Board member and was nominated... READ MORE
State Update
August 4, 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
Senate Republicans Unveil COVID Proposal
July 28, 2020
As of press time, Senate Republicans were expected to release a new $1 trillion stimulus proposal that will lead to new negotiations and talks with Democrats. The proposal will include language to... READ MORE
This Week in Congress
July 28, 2020
The House and Senate are in session this week. The House of Representatives will resume consideration of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations legislation. The Senate will continue work on nominations... READ MORE
EPA Inspector General to Evaluate SAFE Vehicle Rule Part 2
July 28, 2020
On Monday, the Inspector General (IG) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will review the administration's SAFE Vehicle Rule Part 2. In May, Senator Tom Carper... READ MORE