State Issues Update
February 19, 2019
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 of... READ MORE
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley Urges President to Not Impose 232 Auto Tariffs
February 18, 2019
Last week, in a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Chuck Grassley urged the President not to impose auto tariffs and instead “focus on opening new markets.” Senator Grassley cited the Center for... READ MORE
This Week in Congress
February 19, 2019
With an agreement on funding in place, the House and Senate are both in recess this week. Both Chambers will return to Washington and convene on Monday, February 25, 2019.
MEMA Calls for Release of 232 Auto Tariff Report
February 19, 2019
MEMA released a statement Monday letting Trump administration officials know that the association is alarmed and dismayed that the Department of Commerce’s report on Section 232 tariffs on motor... READ MORE
Register Today for March GAC Meeting
February 19, 2019
Registration is now open for MEMA’s Government Affairs Committee Meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting will take place in MEMA’s D.C. office on March 5th at 2:00pm. Join us for a roundtable... READ MORE
Association News
February 19, 2019
MEMA announced Monday that William (Bill) Long has been named the association’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.   Long was selected by the MEMA Board of... READ MORE
Rush to Meet China Trade Deal Deadline Intensifies
February 19, 2019
Reports late last week indicated that President Donald Trump would lift tariffs on China – but only if the two sides can strike a trade deal. However, it remains unlikely that the deal will be... READ MORE
Tariff Exclusion Relief on the Way
February 19, 2019
The spending bill signed by President Trump late last week includes a provision that requires the Commerce Department and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to set up clearer processes to... READ MORE
Commerce Announces Workforce Advisory Board
February 19, 2019
The Commerce Department released a statement this past Wednesday announcing the creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The Board consists of 25 members from the private sector... READ MORE
This Week in Congress
February 12, 2019
Efforts to avoid another government shutdown came to a halt over the weekend after disagreements boiled over again regarding various border protection factors, including interior enforcement... READ MORE
President Launches Artificial Intelligence Initiative
February 12, 2019
On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order launching the American AI Initiative. This initiative calls on federal agencies to support the development of artificial intelligence (... READ MORE
Talk of the Town
February 12, 2019
John Dingell Jr., the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who helped write most of the nation's major environmental and energy laws, died Thursday in his home state of Michigan... READ MORE
State Issues Update
February 12, 2019
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 of... READ MORE
Effort to Reform Section 232 Process Renewed
February 12, 2019
MEMA has supported a renewed bipartisan, bicameral congressional effort to reform the process of using national security to impose tariffs on materials and products essential to the... READ MORE
White House Announces Delegation to China
February 12, 2019
President Trump announced an official United States trade delegation to China will include United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.... READ MORE
Deadline Approaching for H-1B Visa Filings
February 12, 2019
The US Government will begin accepting applications for new H-1B employees on April 1, 2019. Advisors to MEMA indicate that now is time to survey potential new hires and current employees in other... READ MORE
NHTSA Withdraws Rule to Make EDRs Mandatory
February 12, 2019
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) formally withdrew its 2012 proposed rule that would have created a new federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) for electronic data... READ MORE
International Update
February 5, 2019
International Update – March 2019 Welcome to the latest installment of “International Update” featuring the outcomes of the UN Working Party on Passive Safety (GRSP) session held during 11-... READ MORE
EPA Plans to Revive Glider Truck Relief
February 5, 2019
Last week, Acting Administrator Wheeler indicated in written response to questions from Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to revive their effort... READ MORE