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Record Number of Participants Join 2017 Washington Rally to Support the RPM Act

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

SEMA Chairman Doug Evans (left) and SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting (right) honor Congressional Automotive Performance and Caucus Co-Chairs U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) [second from right] and U.S. Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) [second from left] at the 2017 SEMA Washington Rally.

More than 115 SEMA representatives from across the country joined the 2017 Washington Rally in our nation’s capital Wednesday, May 17. This record number of Rally participants took to the halls of Congress to remind lawmakers of the cultural and economic importance of the automotive specialty-equipment industry. A top focus during the Rally was the RPM Act, a bipartisan bill that, if passed, would protect Americans’ right to modify street vehicles into dedicated racecars and the industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete.

The RPM Act now has 118 co-sponsors in the House and 29 co-sponsors in the Senate, and the number continues to grow. Members also talked to their lawmakers about other issues facing the specialty-equipment industry, including countering burdensome regulations, preventing higher ethanol content in gasoline and fighting counterfeit products. The Rally raises SEMA’s profile on Capitol Hill and plays a pivotal role in the association’s advocacy efforts.

Couldn’t make it to the Rally this year? You can still let Congress hear your voice. Urge your lawmakers to pass the bipartisan RPM Act today!

See more of the Rally’s action on SEMA’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages using the hashtags #SaveOurRacecars and #SEMARally2017.