This Week in Congress
May 7, 2019
The House and Senate are in session this week. Hearings of note to suppliers: On Tuesday, The Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on "Data Rights and Collection in a Digital Economy... READ MORE
More than 125 Suppliers Convene in Washington for 2019 MEMA Legislative Summit
May 7, 2019
More than 125 members and affiliates of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four divisions -- Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty... READ MORE
Reports, Tweets Indicate Revived Threat of Tariffs on Chinese Goods
May 7, 2019
On Sunday, President Trump tweeted that he is considering raising tariffs on the third tranche of $200 billion worth of Chinese products from the current 10 percent to 25 percent. President Trump... READ MORE
Rep. Walorski Sends Letter to Secretary Ross Regarding Lack of Fairness in Tariff Exclusion Process
May 7, 2019
This past week, Congresswoman Walorski sent a new letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross outlining the growing concern that the exclusion process for steel and aluminum tariffs are putting certain... READ MORE
Congressional Democrats Introduce Pro-Union Legislation
May 7, 2019
Last week, Democrats formally introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act with 100 cosponsors in the House (H.R.2474) and 40 in the Senate (S.1306). The PRO Act sponsors provided a fact... READ MORE
International Update – May 2019
May 7, 2019
Welcome to the latest installment of “International Update” – a monthly feature of the Washington Insider from John Creamer, MEMA’s advisor on international regulatory affairs. This month's... READ MORE
State Update
May 7, 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
This Week in Congress
April 30, 2019
The House and Senate are in session this week. Hearings of note to suppliers: On Wednesday, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hold Members’ Day Hearing to highlight issues of... READ MORE
Talk of the Town
April 30, 2019
Over the next two days 120 supplier industry leaders are gathering in Washington D.C. to convey the supplier message on a variety of legislative and regulatory topics. These meetings will be with... READ MORE
MEMA, OESA Join Vice President Pence in Detroit to Discuss USMCA
April 30, 2019
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and one of its four divisions, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), hosted a senior-level automotive panel discussion and... READ MORE
MEMA Mourns the Loss of Senator Lugar
April 30, 2019
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association extends condolences to the many friends and family of Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), who died peacefully at home on April 28. Senator Lugar, whose... READ MORE
WTO Raises Bar for Tariffs Based on National Security
April 30, 2019
The World Trade Organization adopted a ruling Friday that will make it harder for countries, like the United States, to justify tariffs placed on materials and goods deemed a national security threat... READ MORE
USTR Releases IP Reports
April 30, 2019
Last week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the release of two annual intellectual property-focused reports, including the Special 301 report (detailed report documenting... READ MORE
New Round of Trade Talks for U.S. and Japan
April 30, 2019
Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi meet for a second time in two weeks to engage in preliminary trade talks between the two... READ MORE
This Week in Congress
April 16, 2019
The House and Senate are both in recess this week. Both Chambers will return to Washington and convene on Monday, April 29, 2019. There will be no Washington Insider next week.
Talk of the Town
April 16, 2019
Last week, the European Commission has reached an “agreement in principle” on negotiating directives that green light talks between the EU and the United States. In a press release that came out... READ MORE
MEMA’s Ann Wilson to Address Great Lakes Economic Forum May 7-8 in Cleveland
April 16, 2019
MEMA members are invited to join the Council of the Great Lakes Region at its fifth Great Lakes Economic Forum, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7-8 in Cleveland, Ohio, with an opening reception on... READ MORE
Association News
April 16, 2019
Members of MEMA’s four divisions (AASA, HDMA, OESA, and MERA) are invited to explore a comprehensive booklet outlining the association’s legislative and regulatory priorities as the next two years of... READ MORE
Canada to Release New List of Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Products
April 16, 2019
Last Monday, Canadian officials announced a plan to update their list of U.S. products facing retaliatory tariffs this week. Ambassador MacNaughton has stated that these tariffs are not in any way... READ MORE