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This Week in Congress
May 5, 2020
The Senate will be in session this week, while the House will not return to Capitol Hill until Monday, May 11. The Senate is expected to continue work on nominees this week. Additionally,... READ MORE
Federal Reserve Announces Expansion of the Main Street Lending Program
May 5, 2020
The Federal Reserve published a press release on April 30 expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program and indicating that the launch of the new program would be... READ MORE
MEMA Signs Joint Letter Urging Congress to Suspend the Federal Excise Tax Due to COVID-19
May 5, 2020
On April 28, MEMA signed a joint letter that was sent to Congress urging lawmakers to suspend the Federal Excise Tax (FET) on new heavy duty trucks and trailers through 2021 due to the impact of... READ MORE
International Update – May 2020
May 5, 2020
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 update... READ MORE
BIS Publishes Final Export Control Rule for Military End Use
May 5, 2020
On April 28, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a new export control final rule in the Federal Register. The new rule broadens the list of items to which... READ MORE
MEMA Joins Associations and Companies Urging Tariff Relief Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
May 5, 2020
On April 28, MEMA joined the Americans for Free Trade and more than 450 other associations in urging the administration to delay the collection of all duties and fees on imports through the end of... READ MORE
President Trump Issues Executive Order Creating Interagency Committee Overseeing USMCA Labor Provisions
May 5, 2020
President Trump issued an executive order on April 28 creating the Interagency Labor Committee to oversee the implementation and maintenance of labor provisions in Canada and Mexico as outlined by... READ MORE
Senators Call for Automotive Industry to be Essential in Mexico
May 5, 2020
Last Wednesday, a bipartisan group of 11 senators wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to work with the Mexican government to help prevent disruptions in the U.S. supply chain by... READ MORE
USTR Releases Special 301 Report and Notorious Markets Review
May 5, 2020
The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the release on April 29 of the annual Special 301 Report on the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and the... READ MORE
DOJ Defends EPA and NHTSA’s Authority to Enforce Emissions Standards on Trailers
May 5, 2020
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a legal document supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) authority to... READ MORE
State Update
May 5, 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
April 28, 2020
Congress is in recess this week due to social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Senate and House have both announced that they will be in Washington and in session next... READ MORE
President Trump Signs $484 Billion Stimulus Package Reopening the PPP
April 28, 2020
President Trump signed into law the $484 billion Coronavirus stimulus package on April 24, which passed in Congress the same day. The package provides additional funding for small business loan... READ MORE
Register for MEMA’s May Government Affairs Committee Meeting
April 28, 2020
Register for MEMA’s virtual Government Affairs Committee on May 20 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Issues to be discussed range from COVID-19 response to USMCA. The meeting is free and open to all... READ MORE
MEMA, Denso, and the Piston Group Host Supplier Roundtable Call with Rep. Lawrence (D-MI14)
April 28, 2020
On Monday, April 27, MEMA and member companies Denso and the Piston Group hosted a supplier roundtable call with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence to discuss issues directly impacting motor vehicle... READ MORE
Mexico Releases Phase 3 Health Directive to Allow Some Businesses to Reopen Earlier
April 28, 2020
Mexico released their Phase 3 COVID-19 health directive on April 21. According to the release, Mexico will permit municipalities with low COVID-19 transmission... READ MORE
Trump Administration Interested in $2 Trillion Infrastructure Package to Fund Major Transportation Projects
April 28, 2020
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin informed reporters on April 21 that after the $484 billion stimulus package, the administration is looking to push forward a Phase four package, one that focuses... READ MORE
USTR Notifies Congress About USMCA Entry into Force Date
April 28, 2020
On April 24, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that July 1 will be the entry into force date for the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). Additionally,... READ MORE
Update on the China 301 Product Exclusion Process
April 28, 2020
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has developed a process for extending exclusions on tariffs for up to 12 months. The process allows companies to either support or oppose extending a granted... READ MORE