MEMA Outlines Advocacy Priorities for the Next Two Years

Date: April 15, 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 the Trump administration get underway.
The biennial MEMA Priority Issue Book, which was developed by leadership of each of the divisions and the MEMA DC team, explains the top pending and evolving issues in Washington that impact members’ businesses.
“Motor vehicle component suppliers are facing unprecedented changes, challenges, and opportunities -- advances in connected and automated technologies, changing consumer demands, and legislative, regulatory, and commercial uncertainties. Every day, MEMA advocates on your behalf in Washington, D.C. and state capitals nationwide and serves as a resource to help you make sense of the quickly changing business and political landscapes,” said MEMA President and CEO Bill Long and MEMA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Ann Wilson in an opening letter.
“In this political environment with divided government, MEMA has established a clear and focused plan for government affairs,” the letter continues. “MEMA has prepared the 2019-2020 MEMA Issue Book which highlights a variety of transportation, vehicle safety, trade, and other public policy issues impacting your business. In the coming pages, you will see outlined a wide range of advocacy initiatives categorized by subject. This should give you a broad view of MEMA’s planned activities for the remaining two years of President Trump’s first term. However, there are overarching priorities that serve as a unifying thread through all of our efforts.”
Among the priorities outlined in the book are fuel economy and emissions standards, vehicle safety and automated technologies, and infrastructure. But “there is no doubt trade issues will remain a top focus for the industry and the MEMA government affairs team. Swift changes in the international trade environment are affecting the vast majority of member companies. These changes include the imposition or threat of tariffs on a wide range of products and materials, such as steel and aluminum, inputs from China, motor vehicles, and motor vehicle parts. They also include the North American trade deal, now known as the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, which could impact the free flow of commerce in North America that has been in place for nearly a quarter of a century,” the letter says.
Members can sign in here to read the full report.
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