Mexico Provides Avenue to Allow Auto Manufacturers to Restart This Week
May 19, 2020
Mexico’s General Health Council has announced that auto manufacturers and suppliers will be permitted to begin resuming operations today, although companies must follow specific health and safety... READ MORE
New PPP Guidance Provides Good Faith Harbor for Loans Less Than $2M
May 19, 2020
The Small Business Administration published new guidance on May 13 for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to improve control of the distribution of loans based on economic need. Under the new... READ MORE
MEMA Responds to Michigan Congressional Delegation, Calls for Support for Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers
May 19, 2020
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its division, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), applauds the bipartisan Senate and House delegation from Michigan... READ MORE
Wicker, Walden Commend Automotive Sector for Meeting Challenges Posed by Pandemic
May 19, 2020
Two lawmakers sent a letter on May 13 to MEMA President and CEO Bill Long and other trade associations thanking the automotive industry for using innovative technologies to help mitigate the... READ MORE
House Members Write Bipartisan Letter to Leaders Urging Protocol to Aid Motor Vehicle Industry Through COVID-19
May 19, 2020
A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to consider provisions to aid the motor vehicle industry... READ MORE
Senators Introduce Bipartisan Securing America’s Clean Fuels Infrastructure Act
May 19, 2020
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), a top ranked member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and a member of the Finance Committee Energy Task Force, and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn... READ MORE
State Update
May 19, 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 12, 2020
The Senate is in session this week. Members of the House could return to Washington later this week, depending on the status of votes on the next coronavirus relief package. House Speaker Nancy... READ MORE
House Poised to Unveil up to $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
May 12, 2020
House Democrats are expected to unveil a bill which could provide up to $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, which they have dubbed the second part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic... READ MORE
MEMA President and CEO Long Sends Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Urging Support in Industry-Wide Reopening Date for Manufacturers in Mexico
May 12, 2020
MEMA President and CEO Bill Long and 90 motor vehicle component and parts suppliers urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to push for an “industry wide” reopening date of May 12 for motor vehicle... READ MORE
Michigan Governor Permits Manufacturers to Resume Activities in New Orders
May 12, 2020
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association and its division, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, thanks Governor Gretchen Whitmer for taking steps that will allow automotive... READ MORE
MEMA Signs Joint Letter Urging Congress to Pass Limited Safe Harbor Liability Relief in Wake of COVID-19
May 12, 2020
MEMA signed a joint letter with hundreds of associations that was sent to Congressional leaders. The letter urges limited safe harbor liability relief for businesses in a period of economic... READ MORE
MEMA Thanks Congressmen for Receiving Commitment from Treasury to Affirm Applicability of ERTC to Health Care Benefits
May 12, 2020
In a letter sent May 8 to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), MEMA thanked the lawmakers for working with the Department of the Treasury to get a... READ MORE
Tax Writers Send Letter Urging Reversal on PPP Guidance Impacting Deductible Expenses for Businesses
May 12, 2020
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and House Ways and Means Committee Richard Neal (D-Mass.) sent a letter to... READ MORE
Bill Introduced in House to Expand Employee Retention Tax Credit
May 12, 2020
House members introduced a bill on May 8 to expand the employee retention tax credit, which was included in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Trump in March.... READ MORE
U.S. and U.K. in Trade Negotiations
May 12, 2020
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.K. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss met last week via teleconference with their negotiators to discuss trade relations, hoping to strike a... READ MORE
President Trump to Evaluate China Phase One Purchases
May 12, 2020
President Donald Trump has stated that he would wait the next two weeks to determine if China’s rate of purchasing U.S. goods is satisfactory. China has agreed to purchase $262.7 billion worth of... READ MORE
Traffic Deaths Continue to Decline According to NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System Estimates
May 12, 2020
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled its preliminary estimates on 2019’s highway crashes, as recorded in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). In a press... READ MORE
NHTSA Issues Grant Program to Help States Teach Drivers about Open Safety Recalls
May 12, 2020
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a press release on May 7 announcing that states can apply for funding to teach drivers about repairing open safety recalls on... READ MORE