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RVIA's Advocacy Day Raises Awareness of RVing on Capitol Hill

RVIA enjoyed its strongest ever turnout for the association’s 10th Capitol Hill Advocacy Day with 30 RVIA members taking part in meetings with 78 different Congressional offices at this year’s event held June 13 in Washington, D.C in conjunction with Committee Week.

During the meetings with members of Congress and their key legislative staff, participants were able to raise awareness of the RV industry at the federal level and discuss several key issues. Meeting topics included supporting HR 3210, the Retailers and Entertainers Lacey Implementation and Enforcement Fairness Act (RELIEF Act) to amend the Lacey Act, which regulates trade in protected species of animals and plants, including wood products used in manufacturing RVs; and the importance of preserving the second home mortgage deduction eligibility for RVs.

“We had a very successful day on the Hill meeting with members of Congress and their staff to educate them on issues that are important to the industry,” said Pam Graber, COO, Open Range RV.  “In addition, these visits also help build and strengthen the relationships between RVIA members and the Congressional members who represent their states and districts.”

Advocacy Day has played a valuable role in helping RVIA secure key legislative victories in recent years, including extending the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) that allows for the duty-free import of luan; exempting RV awnings from commercial width regulations; having EPA adopt the CARB wood products standard for formaldehyde emission levels; including RV retail 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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