capital report: june 18, 2019

Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey toTestify Before USTR on China Section 301 Tariffs

Today, Tuesday, June 18, Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, will represent the auto care industry before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as a part of a seven-day hearing on the fourth China Section 301 tariff list. This fourth list of imported products, worth approximately $300 billion, soon to be subject to a 25% tariff, was announced by the United States Trade Representative on May 17, 2019. Hanvey will voice the industry’s continued support of the Trump administration’s efforts to address China’s unfair trade policies related to forced technology transfer, while relaying the negative impacts of these tariffs on both the global automotive supply chain and U.S. consumers.

Last week, the Auto Care Association joined 660 other U.S. trade associations and companies in a multi-industry letter urging the administration to avoid additional tariffs and reach a resolution with China. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is a nationwide campaign supported by more than 150 trade associations representing a wide range of industries including retail, tech, manufacturing and agriculture.

Questions? Contact Angela Chiang.

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Senator Jeff Merkley Launches Vehicle Data Inquiry

In a June 13 lettersent to 13 vehicle manufacturers, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., expressed his concerns over the collection, ownership and use of vehicle data. Citing Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey’s recent New York Times op-ed, Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight , Merkley remarked, “Given that a modern car is reportedly capable of collecting this consumer data at a rate of 25 gigabytes per hour, the question of who owns this data is equally pressing. It is understandable that this data is used to improve performance and safety, though it may be unclear to many consumers what level of ownership they have over the data collected by the car they own or are leasing.”

Merkley has requested that the vehicle manufactures respond within 30 days to specific questions including: “If your company’s cars collect data, what purpose does this technology serve?” and “Who ultimately owns the data collected by your cars?”

If you or your company resides in Oregon, we encourage you to publicly thank Sen. Merkley for his inquiry via Twitter(and tag @AutoCareOrg) or his Facebookpage; and also state the importance of ensuring that vehicle owners grant independent repair shops equal access to wirelessly transmitted vehicle data. If you are outside of Oregon, we encourage you to share this release with your legislators and ask for their support.

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USMCA Update: Pelosi Forms Working Group to NegotiateTerms with Trump

Now that the Trump administration’s threat of tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico has subsided, Congress has given the signal that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is alive and under active review. However, in order for the trade agreement to become law, the administration must submit implementation legislation with the terms of the agreement to Congress, which then must pass both chambers within 90 days.

To facilitate this process, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has named a working group that will work with the administration to address concerns of House Democrats with the current USMCA text, specifically related to drug pricing, labor, environmental issues and enforcement provisions.

Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., will lead the group. Other members of the working group include: Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.; Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif.; Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore.; Rep. John Larson, D-Conn.; Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala.; and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.

Questions? Contact Brielle Hopkins.


Trump Administration Testifying Before Congress This Weekon its Trade Policies

This week, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer will testify on behalf of the Trump administration before both chambers of Congress, including the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, June 18, at 10:15 a.m. EDT and the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday, June 19, at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

Given the administration’s tariff-heavy strategy, which faces bi-partisan opposition, both hearings are expected to be lively. On the table for the hearing are the USMCA, China 301 tariffs and ongoing negotiations, 232 steel and aluminum tariffs and the administration’s recent proclamation that imported automobiles and certain auto parts are being imported at levels that threaten national security.

The Auto Care Association government affairs team will monitor both hearings and report back on any significant statements related to the automotive aftermarket.

Questions? Contact Brielle Hopkins.


Hyundai Files Trademark Violation Complaint Against AutoParts Companies

Earlier this month, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) instituted an investigation following a complaint filed by Hyundai Motor Company. The complaint alleges U.S. trademark infringement of certain auto service and collision parts and components. The complaint requests that USITC issue a cease and desist order.

The USITC will release a target date for completing the investigation by mid-July.

Questions? Contact Brielle Hopkins.


Make Your Voice Heardin D.C. this Fall: 2019 Legislative Summit Registration Now Open

The Auto Care Legislative Summit, a biennial education and advocacy event in Washington, D.C., is taking place for the first time ever this September in conjunction with 2019 Auto Care Association Fall Leadership Days. With more than 400 attendees expected to attend Leadership Days, the Auto Care Association will play host to the largest-ever contingency of auto care industry advocates on Capitol Hill.

During the summit, Auto Care Association members will meet with their members of Congress to educate them on the independent aftermarket and its most critical policy priorities. Attendees are prepped with talking points, economic data and training on how to be effective advocates.

The event takes place over two days, with an issue briefing and reception on Wednesday, Sept. 18, followed by a full day of congressional meetings on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Questions? Contact David Pinkham.

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Auto Care CaucusReaches 26 Members

As of today, the Auto Care Caucus, a bi-partisan group of U.S. Representatives who support the independent maintenance and repair market, has 26 members. A caucus is a group of legislators who share common public policy goals when it comes to a particular industry or issue.

The Auto Care Association government affairs team will continue to recruit new members through meetings on Capitol Hill, but if you do not see your member of Congress listed below, please reach out to them directly to gauge their interest in joining this growing caucus.

  • Troy Balderson, R-Ohio
  • Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla.
  • Brendan Boyle, D-Pa.**
  • Mo Brooks, R-Ala.
  • Julia Brownley, D-Calif.
  • Tony Cardenas, D-Calif.
  • Gil Cisneros, D-Calif.
  • Joe Cunningham, D-S.C.
  • Warren Davidson, R-Ohio
  • Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.
  • Mike Doyle, D-Pa.
  • Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J.
  • Brett Guthrie, R-Ky.
  • Richard Hudson, R-N.C.
  • Hank Johnson, D-Ga.
  • John Joyce, R-Pa.
  • Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa
  • Dave McKinley, R-W. Va.
  • Carol Miller, R-W. Va.
  • Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz.
  • Scott Perry, R-Pa.**
  • Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.
  • Darren Soto, D-Fla.
  • Haley Stevens, D-Mich.
  • Glenn T Thompson, R-Pa.
  • Paul Tonko, D-N.Y.

** Caucus Co-Chair

Questions? Contact Paul Fiore.


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