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RVIA’s Advocacy Day Held June 8 Raises Awareness of RVing on Capitol Hill

RVIA enjoyed a strong turnout for the 9th Capitol Hill Advocacy Day with 25 RVIA members taking part in this year’s event held June 8 in Washington, D.C in conjunction with the association’s Committee Week.

In 48 meetings with members of Congress or their key legislative staff, participants were able to raise awareness of the RV industry at the federal level and discuss several key issues.  These included retroactively reauthorizing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program that provides duty-free treatment for U.S. imports, including products used by the RV industry such as luan; clarifying and correcting a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation for manufactured homes that unintentionally includes towable RVs over 400 square feet in set-up mode; and directing FEMA to revise the agency’s standard for formaldehyde levels in emergency living units (ELU) by adopting the EPA/CARB wood products standard.

“We had a very successful day on the Hill meeting with legislators and their staff to educate them on issues that are critically important to the industry,” said Jay Landers, RVIA’s senior director of government affairs. “In addition, these visits also help build and strengthen the relationships between our members and the Congressional members who represent their states and districts.”

“Exchanging information face-to-face in their D.C. office can be a big help for these elected officials to gain a better understanding of the depth of the RV industry’s concern and position on key issues,” said Matt Miller, president of Newmar, after meetings with Indiana’s Senator Dan Coats, and other elected officials from the state.

Advocacy Day has played a valuable role in helping RVIA secure key legislative victories in recent years, including exempting RV awnings from commercial width regulations; having EPA adopt the CARB wood products standard for formaldehyde emission levels; including RV consumer and wholesale loans in the Term-Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility; and having tax breaks for motorhome purchases included in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.



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