It’s often said that it’s not what you know but who you know. In today’s political climate, it pays to have a sizeable Rolodex.
From The Hill
August 21, 2017, will be remembered as the day the United States experienced its first total solar eclipse since 1979. For U.S. Representative Trent Kelly (R-MS) and the employees of COMP Performance Group, it was also a special day when the paths of an industry-leading manufacturer and a colonel-turned-congressman intersected.
When you’re a United States Senator, you tend to get asked a lot of questions. It comes with the territory. In most cases, those questions cover topics such as health care and tax reform. But there’s one question that U.S. Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) just can’t seem to avoid: How tall are you?
On July 14, 2017, SEMA members joined with car clubs, businesses and thousands of enthusiasts to celebrate the eighth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). A wide range of events was held in the United States and Canada to commemorate this special day. The celebration was designated by SEMA-requested U.S. Senate Resolution 215, which was sponsored by U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT).
Like many congressmen, U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA) has been bestowed with many honors and titles during his lifetime. Among them are husband, father, grandfather, Eagle Scout, soldier, Mason, Shriner, cancer survivor and black belt, just to name a few. Recently, Congressman Bishop added another title to his collection: co-chair of the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus.
At this time last year, we suggested that politics as usual was a thing of the past. The 2016 election was a few short months away, and conventional wisdom had been turned on its head by the man we now know as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. A brash candidate such as Trump had shaken up political contests before, but win a national election? Forget about it.
SEMA has joined with many other organizations to form the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR). Its primary mission is to pursue federal policy reforms for rebuilding and expanding the nation’s recreation-related infrastructure. ORIR represents everything from motorized recreation to boating, camping, fishing, hiking and archery. Outdoor recreation generates an estimated $646 billion in direct spending and supports more than 6 million jobs.
With each passing day, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act builds momentum in the nation’s capital. As you no doubt know by now, the RPM Act confirms that it’s always been legal to convert a street car into a race car for use solely at the track.
U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) is a native North Carolinian and the son of a lawn-care business owner, so it’s no coincidence that he is a key defender of both racing and small businesses. When you look at Rep. McHenry’s public career, it’s clear that he has been on the fast track.
Whether it’s standing up for the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act and your right to convert a street car into a race car used exclusively at the track, pursuing a pro-growth and job-creation agenda or combating counterfeit products, there are many issues facing SEMA members in the nation’s capital.