MEMA Voices Support for Quick Consideration of Regulatory Reform Legislation in 115th Congress

Date: December 7, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a letter sent to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Dec. 6, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), the leading trade association in the mobility industry, joined associations and chambers of commerce from across the country in urging U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to make consideration of the “Regulatory Accountability Act” an early priority for the 115th Congress.

The letter secured 380 association signatories from 47 states and the District of Columbia representing a multitude of sectors including agriculture, energy, transportation, and manufacturing.

The groups wrote in the letter to Speaker Ryan, “We believe that federal regulations should be narrowly tailored, supported by strong and credible data and evidence, and impose the least burden possible, while still implementing Congressional intent.” They go on to explain, “The Regulatory Accountability Act builds on established principles of fair regulatory process and review that have been embodied in bipartisan executive orders dating to at least the Clinton administration.” The full letter can be viewed here.

“Reforms, such as those called for in the Regulatory Accountability Act, help foster a regulatory climate that is conducive to growth and prosperity,” said MEMA President and CEO Steve Handschuh. “MEMA believes this is an opportunity to rein in arbitrary and capricious regulations that have made it difficult for manufacturers to operate facilities, make wise business decisions, and sustain and create jobs.”

The “Regulatory Accountability Act” would improve the transparency of regulations by requiring agencies to invest more effort earlier in the rulemaking process to gather data, evaluate alternatives, and receive public input about the costs and benefits of its rules.

About MEMA

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise the leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA works to ensure that the marketplace and legislative and regulatory environment support the development and implementation of new technical capabilities transforming the automotive industry, including autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity. By directly employing more than 871,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 4.26 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit www.mema.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cindy Sebrell, mailto:csebrell@mema.org or 202-312-9250