Friday, 08 January 2021 16:49

Post-Election Outlook for Aftermarket Industry in Washington, D.C.


...the U.S. Senate will retain its role as a moderating force. Additionally, the House will face a greater challenge in passing legislation given the slim Democratic majority and the diversity of thought within its party on most issues.


There are many factors that will impact the issues Congress chooses to prioritize over the next two years. A comprehensive infrastructure bill is expected to be a top priority for both Republican and Democratic leadership. With many roads and bridges in disrepair, an infrastructure bill is ripe for bipartisan consensus and is likely to be taken up this spring. It is also an issue of critical importance to automotive enthusiasts and SEMA members alike.


SEMA will use every tool at its disposal to defeat anti-small business policies, including proposed tax increases on business and consumers and efforts to increase the cost of health care.


At the close the 116th congress, the RPM Act was left unaddressed, as was most legislation. SEMA will evaluate the best route forward to accomplish the aims of the Act. SEMA will also work to influence Biden Administration trade and tariff policy.


One important way SEMA members can help strengthen the industry’s ability to impact a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues is through the SEMA Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC). By law, SEMA is not allowed to use association funds to impact the electoral process. However, SEMA PAC allows employees of SEMA-member companies to contribute their personal funds to help elect lawmakers who support our industry’s positions and initiatives.


Government rules require SEMA PAC to get each member company’s permission before it can ask for support. It’s a painless process known as becoming prior approved and it only takes minutes. To find out if your company is prior approved, or to become prior approved, click here. In fact, when you log on, the form is partially filled out for you. Becoming prior approved does not obligate you to contribute.


For more information on the 117th Congress and how SEMA Government Affairs is protecting the industry on Capitol Hill, contact Eric Snyder, director of congressional affairs, at erics@sema.org.


Source: SEMA

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