This Week in Congress
May 27, 2020
The House will meet on May 27-28 to consider “H.R. 6886, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act of 2020,” and seven other measures under suspension of the rules. Additional legislation is... READ MORE
President Trump Visits Ford Plant in Michigan
May 27, 2020
President Donald Trump spoke at Ford’s plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., on May 21, congratulating the company for its efforts to produce thousands of ventilators for Americans in need during the COVID-... READ MORE
MEMA and Member Companies Urge Treasury Secretary to Create a Supplier Liquidity Program
May 27, 2020
In a letter signed by dozens of industry executives, MEMA urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to work with the Michigan Congressional delegation to resolve liquidity issues impacting motor... READ MORE
MEMA and Other Trade Associations Urge Changes to Paycheck Protection Program
May 27, 2020
MEMA signed a joint letter with dozens of other trade associations urging structural changes to the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses to remain open after stay-at-home orders... READ MORE
Mexico Publishes Health and Safety Guidance as Essential Businesses Begin Submitting Reopening Protocols for Approval
May 27, 2020
Mexico published its health and safety guidance on May 18 for essential businesses set to reopen within the coming weeks. The guidelines serve as mandatory requirements that motor vehicle and... READ MORE
SBA Interim Final Rules Provide Additional Information and Extensions to Safe Harbor on the Paycheck Protection Program
May 27, 2020
The Small Business Administration (SBA) released two interim final rules on May 22 providing more information on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The first interim final rule,... READ MORE
Four Significant New Export Controls Placed on China by the Department of Commerce
May 27, 2020
In less than one month, four significant changes have occurred in our nation’s export control laws related to China. First, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of... READ MORE
Request to Extend Exclusion for Section 301 List 3 China Tariffs Due on June 8
May 27, 2020
The office of the U.S. Trade Representative is evaluating product exclusions to tariffs on List 3 goods from China and will accept comments until June 8 to determine whether to extend these... READ MORE
Exclusion Extension Requests for Section 301 China List 1 and 2 Tariffs Close June 1
May 27, 2020
The office of the U.S. Trade Representative granted the sixth set of exclusions in July 2019 for goods under List 1 of Section 301 tariffs on China, which are set to expire July 9, 2020.... READ MORE
Canada, US, and Mexico Extend Border Shutdown to Nonessential Traffic
May 27, 2020
The U.S. has extended the closure period of its borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential traffic until June 22. Chad Wolf, the acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said in a press... READ MORE
U.K. Cites Progress in Trade Talks with U.S. and Confirms Continued Meetings in June
May 27, 2020
The United Kingdom’s Trade Secretary Elizabeth Truss stated that the first round of trade talks between the U.S. and the U.K. have made both countries hopeful that they can continue discussions “... READ MORE
EPA Announces It Will Not Finalize Chemical Evaluations Under TSCA Before Deadline
May 27, 2020
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on May 20. During his testimony, he stated that the agency... READ MORE
Senate Commerce Committee Approves Advanced Technological Manufacturing Act and Motor Carrier Safety Grant Relief Act
May 27, 2020
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the Advanced Technological Manufacturing Act (S. 3704) on May 20. The bill, introduced by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and... READ MORE
National Safety Council Reports Increase in Fatalities as American Drive Less Due to COVID-19
May 27, 2020
According to preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC), there was a year-over-year 14 percent increase in the number of deaths per mile driven in March 2020, despite an eight... READ MORE
State Update
May 27, 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
May 19, 2020
The Senate is in session this week. House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has indicated no votes are expected this week. The House will instead hold pro forma sessions to give congressional... READ MORE
House Passes $3 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Bill
May 19, 2020
The House of Representatives passed a $3 trillion coronavirus aid package on Saturday, May 16 with a partisan vote. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R.... READ MORE
Join MEMA’s May 2020 GAC Meeting Tomorrow
May 19, 2020
Join us virtually on May 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as MEMA discusses several critical supplier issues including COVID-19 response, trade, transportation issues, and more. The meeting... READ MORE
MEMA USMCA Webinar Thursday
May 19, 2020
Join us this week for the “MEMA 2020 Webinar USMCA Pathway to Implementation,” to discuss the Entry into Force date of July 1 for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The webinar... READ MORE