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Old 02-19-2016, 09:49 AM   #121
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Progress Update: Opposing EPA Proposal to Prohibit Race Car Conversions
https://www.sema.org/sema-enews/2016...campaign=eNews

On Florida Senator Marco Rubio's site:
https://marcorubio.com/news/epa-race-cars-modified/
Austin Scott (R-GA) voting for this guy next time around.
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Old 02-19-2016, 11:09 AM   #122
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I think this whole thing is a knee jerk reaction to the VW making the EPA looking like idiots. Like a big bully that's been made to look foolish , they're lashing out and flexing their muscles without thinking about what they're are doing. Not a bad time to live in Canada . Good luck kids. A whole lot of the performance parts I buy are made in the States , this can potentially hurt a lot of people.
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Congressional Bill Seeks to Protect Race Car Enthusiasts from EPA Regulations

Posted by David Fuller on March 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm


Congress has introduced a bipartisan bill that would protect race car enthusiasts from the EPA’s latest effort to prohibit the conversion of street vehicles into race cars. Known as the RPM Act, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 was drafted to ensure that turning street vehicles into race cars driven exclusively in competition does not violate the Clean Air Act.

SEMA has voiced its support for the bill in a statement released earlier today:
Washington, DC (March 8, 2016) – SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting today praised Congressional members for their introduction of a bipartisan bill that would protect thousands of American racecar enthusiasts from overreaching U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

“The EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Air Act would essentially rewrite the law and 46 years of policy and practice,” said Kersting. “Without congressional intervention, the racing community and racing parts manufacturers would be operating outside of that new law and could be targeted for enforcement.” The language in H.R. 4715 makes clear Congress’ intent to exclude competition-only cars from the scope of the Clean Air Act, including converted street vehicles.

H.R. 4715, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (RPM Act) was introduced by U.S. Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Bill Posey (R-FL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) to ensure that converting street vehicles to racecars used exclusively in competition does not violate the Clean Air Act. The practice was unquestioned until last year when the EPA published draft regulations that would make vehicle and engine conversions illegal and subject to the law’s tampering penalties.

Motorsports competition involves tens of thousands of participants and vehicle owners each year, both amateur and professional. Retail sales of racing products make up a $1.4 billion market annually. According to the National Speedway Directory, there are over 1,300 racetracks operating across the U.S., including oval, road, track and off-road racetracks. If the EPA regulations were to be finalized, the impact on racers, racetracks and businesses that cater to the racer community would be substantial.

The EPA recently re-opened the proposed regulations to receive additional public comment. However, allowing public comment does not resolve the issue because the EPA has not withdrawn the problematic language in its proposed regulation, nor has it conceded that motor vehicles may be modified for competition use.

“SEMA thanks Representatives McHenry, Cuellar, Hudson, Posey and Zeldin for introducing this bill,” Kersting added. “We intend to work closely with our congressional allies to ensure that the Clean Air Act continues to allow the conversion and use of street vehicles as racecars.”

The RPM Act has been assigned to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. The EPA proposed regulations are scheduled to be finalized this summer.
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they are a bit short on the "tens of thousands of participants". more like hundreds of thousands. it's good to see progress.
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SEMA has a website set up that will automatically generate letters of support and send them to your Congressional representatives. I strongly urge everyone here to do so.

SEMA Action Network (SAN) Issue Alert: EPA
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SEMA has a website set up that will automatically generate letters of support and send them to your Congressional representatives. I strongly urge everyone here to do so.

SEMA Action Network (SAN) Issue Alert: EPA
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List of members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee - if your rep is listed here (mine is!), your voice is even more important.

Republicans:
Fred Upton (Michigan - 06) - Chairman
Joe Barton (Texas - 06) - Chairman Emeritus
Ed Whitfield (Kentucky - 01)
John Shimkus (Illinois - 15)
Joseph Pitts (Pennsylvania - 16)
Greg Walden (Oregon - 02)
Tim Murphy (Pennsylvania - 18)
Michael Burgess (Texas - 26)
Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee - 07) - Vice Chairman
Steve Scalise (Louisiana - 01)
Robert Latta (Ohio - 05)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Washington - 05)
Gregg Harper (Mississippi - 03)
Leonard Lance (New Jersey - 07)
Brett Guthrie (Kentucky - 02)
Pete Olson (Texas - 22)
David McKinley (West Virginia - 01)
Mike Pompeo (Kansas - 04)
Adam Kinzinger (Illinois - 16)
Morgan Griffith (Virginia - 09)
Gus Bilirakis (Florida - 12)
Bill Johnson (Ohio - 06)
Billy Long (Missouri - 07)
Renee Ellmers (North Carolina - 02)
Larry Bucshon (Indiana - 08)
Bill Flores (Texas - 17)
Susan Brooks (Indiana - 05)
Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma - 02)
Richard Hudson (North Carolina - 08)
Chris Collins (New York - 27)
Kevin Cramer (North Dakota - 00)

Democrats:
Frank Pallone (New Jersey - 06) Ranking Member
Bobby Rush (Illinois - 01)
Anna Eshoo (California - 18)
Eliot Engel (New York - 16)
Gene Green (Texas - 29)
Diana DeGette (Colorado - 01)
Lois Capps (California - 24)
Michael Doyle (Pennsylvania - 14)
Janice Schakowsky (Illinois - 09)
G.K. Butterfield (North Carolina - 01)
Doris Matsui (California - 06)
Kathy Castor (Florida - 14)
John Sarbanes (Maryland - 03)
Jerry McNerney (California - 09)
Peter Welch (Vermont - 00)
Ben Lujan (New Mexico - 03)
Paul Tonko (New York - 20)
John Yarmuth (Kentucky - 03)
Yvette Clarke (New York - 09)
David Loebsack (Iowa - 02)
Kurt Schrader (Oregon - 05)
Joseph Kennedy (Massachusetts - 04)
Tony Cárdenas (California - 29)
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Letter sent.

Texas has a Democrat? Who knew? It's like time-travel.
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Texas has a Democrat? Who knew? It's like time-travel.
Have you been to Texas? Lots of blue-collar work, and lots of poor folk receiving public assistance.
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And lots of Baptists and Methodists.
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Has the EPA ever hesitated to cause economic harm?
Has the government ever hesitated in infringing on our rights?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...sual-bdsm-sex/
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Has the government ever hesitated in infringing on our rights?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...sual-bdsm-sex/
Serious question:

Where, in any constitution, statue or court opinion, in the US or any other country whose legal system is derived from the English common law, is hogtying someone and whipping them a protected form of expression?




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Letter sent. Thanks for the Link.
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