Former Google Employee Indicted for Stealing Trade Secrets Related to Self-Driving Technology
September 3, 2019
A technologist specialized in self-driving vehicles was charged on Aug. 27 for stealing trade secrets from his former employer, Google. The United States Attorney’s Office of the Northern... READ MORE
Federal Judge Rules EPA Is Not Required to Release Computer Model on Auto Emissions
September 3, 2019
A district court judge rejected a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit that would have forced the EPA to release their vehicle emissions model. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC... READ MORE
DOE Plans $59 Million Projects for Research into Advanced Vehicle Technologies
September 3, 2019
The Department of Energy will launch 43 new projects for “new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research,” according to an announcement from the department’s website on Aug. 16.... READ MORE
Heidi King Resigns from NHTSA
September 3, 2019
On Aug. 14, the Department of Transportation confirmed that Heidi King, who was the acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, resigned from her position. The Senate... READ MORE
Two Senators Ask NHTSA about Cybersecurity Threats in Vehicles
September 3, 2019
Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote a letter to the NHTSA on Aug 22 asking the agency if they received information from automakers about cybersecurity risks in their... READ MORE
All 50 States Urge Ajit Pai to Keep 5.9GHz Band Exclusive to Transportation
September 3, 2019
Members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)are urging FFC Chairman Ajit Pai to keep the 5.9 GHz wireless band exclusive to vehicle communications... READ MORE
State Update
September 3, 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 and... READ MORE
This Week in Congress
August 13, 2019
Due to the August recess, the Washington Insider will not be published Aug 20 and the 27. It will return to its normal schedule beginning Sept 3. Senators and members of Congress are in... READ MORE
Talk of the Town
August 13, 2019
Ambassador C.J. Mahoney, the Deputy United States Trade Representative will provide a keynote talk during MEMA’s fly in aimed to urge passage of the USMCA on September 11. Mahoney, a key leader in... READ MORE
MEMA Hosts Michigan Delegation Supplier Roundtable
August 13, 2019
On Aug 19, MEMA will host the Michigan Delegation Supplier Roundtable. MEMA President and CEO Bill Long, along with other staff members, will meet with Reps. Debbie Dingell and Haley Stevens of... READ MORE
Register Today for the September GAC Meeting
August 13, 2019
Registration is now open for MEMA’s Government Affairs Committee Meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting will take place in MEMA’s Washington office on September 12 at 10:00 a.m. Join us for a... READ MORE
MEMA Responds to Imposition of Additional Tariffs on Goods from China
August 13, 2019
MEMA has repeatedly called for China and the United States to work together to reach a trade agreement that works for both countries. It was our hope that on-going talks would lead to an agreement... READ MORE
MEMA Supports Suppliers and Urges No Tariffs on Copper Alloy Products from the EU
August 13, 2019
MEMA weighed in on behalf of motor vehicle suppliers urging that tariffs not be placed on copper alloy products as retaliation against the EU’s failure to revoke subsidies deemed illegal by the... READ MORE
USTR Publishes the First Set of List Three Exclusions from Tariffs on China
August 13, 2019
The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published its first notice on Aug 7 related to product exclusions under List 3. Products listed are excluded from tariffs imposed on $... READ MORE
President Trump Says Recent Tariff Threat on China Will Boost Economy in the Long Run
August 13, 2019
After tweeting that the U.S. would add an additional ten percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods starting Sept 1, President Donald Trump defended his decision, saying that butting heads... READ MORE
Pompeo: U.S. Will be Ready ‘Pen in Hand’ to Sign Trade Deal with UK After Brexit
August 13, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Aug 7 that the U.S. will be “on the doorstep, pen in hand” and prepared to sign a trade agreement as soon as possible with the UK once they leave the... READ MORE
Senator Grassley Looking to Hold Committee Meeting on Tariff Power Bill
August 13, 2019
On Aug 7, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters that he is working on setting up a committee meeting to discuss a bill he’s constructing that will move the authority to impose Section 232... READ MORE
EPA Sends SAFE Rule to OMB as Senators Urge Automakers to Join California Agreement
August 13, 2019
On Aug 2, the EPA delivered to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) their final draft of the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026... READ MORE
Commentary: SC Needs a Fairer Trading System, but Tariffs Aren’t the Answer
August 13, 2019
Editor’s Note: MEMA has vocally opposed a wide range of tariffs that impact the motor vehicle parts industry, and has worked with the South Carolina Automotive Council on this and other issues.... READ MORE