Friday, 01 April 2022 11:45

Sen. Ted Cruz Joins Texas-Based Automotive Aftermarket CEOs for Roundtable Discussion


...access to quality affordable motor vehicle repair and his perspective on vehicle owners still continuing to have that ability to get their vehicles repaired by independent repair shops. Duffy also asked the senator what the aftermarket industry can do to advance a bill like the REPAIR Act, federal legislation introduced in the U.S. House in February, and how to push it across the goal line.


Cruz responded that he “strongly support[s] the right to repair your own vehicle, your own car, your own truck…and get whoever you want to repair it. That's a fundamental question of individual liberty and individual property rights. But, it's also a question of small businesses. We have so many small businesses that provide jobs and lower cost repairs. I am a passionate supporter of small business. I think the key to jobs is small businesses. Two-thirds of all new jobs come from small businesses."


When it came to legislation supporting the right to repair, Cruz said he needed to look more closely at the details within the legislation, but he was “happy to commit to working with [the industry] to address the issue in a way that makes sense and ensure that people have the right to make their own repair decisions.”


Standard Motor Products’ Sills shared with the senator that his business, like many in the industry, has been dealing with significant supply chain disruption.


“The ports have been facing nearly insurmountable backlogs on both coasts, causing significant delays, sometimes months, and it's really impacting it all the way down to the consumer. What do you think is needed, both in the short term and the long term, to address this crisis?” Sills asked Cruz.


Cruz responded that “the supply chain crisis is real, and it's putting real consequences and burdens on small businesses and consumers across the country. There are a lot of factors that have contributed to the crisis.”


After elaborating on the ripple effect of the pandemic, shutdowns, inflation and more, the senator called for...