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Thursday, 08 July 2021 21:29

SEMA Intensifies Advocacy Efforts, Connects with Congressional Reps from Washington, D.C.

Written by Juan Torres
SEMA staff and representatives have connected with lawmakers this year to discuss key initiatives, including passage of the RPM Act. John Hotchkis, far right, of Hotchkis Performance, met with Rep. Ted Budd, center, to talk about top industry issues, challenges and concerns. SEMA staff and representatives have connected with lawmakers this year to discuss key initiatives, including passage of the RPM Act. John Hotchkis, far right, of Hotchkis Performance, met with Rep. Ted Budd, center, to talk about top industry issues, challenges and concerns.

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SEMA representatives escalated their advocacy efforts by taking part in nearly 100 meetings with Republican and Democratic lawmakers from Capitol Hill during June and July.

As part of the virtual 2021 SEMA Washington Rally, more than 60 SEMA-member companies joined SEMA staff in a record-high number of meetings with officials from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Discussions focused on top industry issues, challenges and concerns, chief among them passage of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act.

 

SEMA members also spoke with federal lawmakers in opposition to electric vehicle mandates while voicing support for increased federal investments in roads and bridges, protecting motorized off-road recreational access, tax credits for businesses participating in trade shows and ensuring aftermarket businesses can market products that are interoperable with vehicles that are equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

 

The bipartisan RPM Act is a top priority for SEMA, and will protect the motorsports industry against overreach from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The bill clarifies the motorsports-parts industry’s ability to sell products that enable racers to compete and protects Americans’ right to convert street vehicles into dedicated race cars.

 

“We must continue to communicate with and educate elected officials about the issues that are important to the industry,” said Daniel Ingber, SEMA vice president of government and legal affairs. “We value the opportunity to meet with lawmakers and will continue to push for the rights of the aftermarket industry.”

 

The RPM Act was first introduced in 2016, after the EPA began interpreting the 50-year-old Federal Clean Air Act (CAA) to include race car conversions. SEMA has led the fight to advocate for passage of the bill, which was introduced earlier this year in the House of Representatives after enthusiasts sent more than 1.3 million letters to lawmakers urging them to pass the RPM Act.

 

The bill currently has Congressional support from 82 co-sponsors, including a number of lawmakers who...


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