Engaging with Congress During August Recess

Date: August 15, 2016

Each August brings members of Congress back to their home districts and states for a month-long recess period until September 6.  Now is a perfect time to interact with lawmakers face-to-face. Elected officials are eager to learn how their constituents are affected by the legislation that comes out of Washington D.C., especially in an election year.

  • Attend town hall meetings - Town hall meetings give you and other constituents the chance to ask questions and share what issues are most important to you and the industry.  Click here to find your Senator’s website and here to find your House Representative’s website.
  • Invite them to your facility - Facility tours are the best way to show your representatives the impact your company has on the local economy and community. If you are interested in scheduling a facility tour, visit our website or contact us.
  • Meet them at their district office - Head over to their local office for a one-on-one meeting with them or a staff member. For more information, click here.

These interactions will give you an opportunity to demonstrate how important suppliers are to the economy and vehicle innovation and show your representatives what issues really matter to the supplier industry (and why!). 

  • Energy and Advanced Vehicle Technologies - Suppliers are playing a key role in developing technologies to meet light- and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions standards. Federal standards must remain technology neutral and provide all manufacturers sufficient lead-time to develop new components and systems. These new standards underscore the need for ongoing research and development using both public and private resources.
  • EPA’s Overreach on Amateur Racing - In July 2015, in the Phase 2 proposed rule for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inserted a policy revision that would make it illegal for certified motor vehicles to be converted into vehicles used solely for competition by reconfiguring emission control devices. This change in policy would significantly impact the performance sector of the aftermarket industry and put an end to most forms of amateur racing. MEMA urges Congress to support and pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (H.R.4715 and S.2659).
  • Intellectual Property Rights Protection - Intellectual property rights (IPR) and strong IPR protections are critical to the success of motor vehicle components manufacturers who continually innovate and develop new technologies. The manufacturing and trafficking of counterfeit products a significant cost to suppliers each year. MEMA encourages Congress and the Administration to work with the supplier industry to increase public awareness and include Alibaba and its family of platforms on the 2016 Notorious Markets List.

Members of Congress often say that they don’t hear enough from manufacturers and suppliers on important congressional and regulatory issues. This August, let’s make sure they hear plenty by using our voices to advocate on issues that will fuel the progress of manufacturing.  

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