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MERA speaks out in support of new legislation

The Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) applauds the passage of S.565, “The Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act,” by the U.S. Senate on June 15, 2015.

Introduced earlier this year by Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), MERA says the legislation requires federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts when doing so lowers costs, maintains quality and performance, and does not compromise safety.

The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

On March 25, 2015, the Senate bill’s companion legislation, H.R. 1613, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) and Brad Ashford (D-Neb.). The House bill requires approval at the committee level before being considered by the full House.

“Senate passage of this bill is a great example of the effectiveness of MEMA’s advocacy efforts, working on behalf of remanufacturing members on legislation that promotes the industry and saves costs for the federal government,” says Steve Handschuh, president and chief executive officer of Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).

“Senate approval of this legislation is great news,” adds John Chalifoux, president and COO of MERA. “We thank Senators Peters and Lankford for their leadership on this legislation, and we look forward to a positive outcome in the House of Representatives.”

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