Supplier Advocacy Network – Connecting the Industry with Lawmakers

Date: September 3, 2019

Over the past month, MEMA has had several high-profile events aimed to connect members of Congress with motor vehicle suppliers to foster an on-going dialog. The goal of this grassroots initiative, the Supplier Advocacy Network, is to help lawmakers get to know the suppliers in their state and to better understand how nation-wide policy issues impact their businesses.

The first roundtable discussion hosted Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Haley Stevens (D-Mich.), and Andy Levin (D-Mich.) at the Robert Bosch Plymouth Township Technical Center in Plymouth, Mich. They were joined by MEMA President and CEO Bill Long, OESA President and CEO Julie Fream, MERA President and CEO John Chalifoux, and a room full of industry business leaders to discuss the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), tariffs, data access for the aftermarket, fuel economy rules, infrastructure, workforce training and other policy issues.

MEMA continued the discussion in the next roundtable with Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.) on Aug. 27 at NTN Driveshaft’s headquarters in Columbus, Ind. Then on Aug. 30, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) joined the conversation during MEMA’s roundtable event at Coastal Automotive in Holland, Mich.

“This was an important opportunity for these dedicated members of Congress to hear straight from our members how decisions in Washington impact businesses across the country,” Long said at the first roundtable. “It is our role to provide the opportunities for communication at this level.”

MEMA members interested in participating in upcoming events or seeking more information about the Supplier Advocacy Network may contact Melanie Weiland at mweiland@mema.org or at 202-312-9242. Additionally, member companies are encouraged to attend town hall meetings hosted by congressional representatives. More information about the initiative can be found here.

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