NEED HELP WITH RIGHT TO REPAIR BILL

 

This is a second e-mail regarding the Repair Act- we now have more work to do.

 

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection had a meeting on May 17th to gather information on the Right to Repair Act, H.R. 2048.  My information says that in attendance were representatives of the FTC, the Auto Manufacturerís Industry and the Repair Shop Industry. (I apologize if I do not have the proper names, but you get the drift).

 

The next step is to do a mark up of the Bill.  In laymanís terms I think that means to look at the bill in light of the information gotten at the meeting, make changes the committee feels appropriate, add any amendments if they feel they are needed and send the bill to the full committee for hearing.

 

My information says that a hearing is likely by Wednesday or Thursday, May 24th or 25th.  So those are the times we have to let people know what our wishes are.  Actually that is the DEADLINE that we have.  Committee members need to hear our feelings ASAP and it probably will be most effective if done the beginning of next week.

 

Who to tell?  Below you will find a list of the Committee Members who are involved in the hearing.  You can write them, fax them, call them or send them e-mails.  It would help if you were one of their constituents (Politicians tend to listen more to people who can vote for or against them!) so be sure you let everyone you know who would be in favor of passing this bill what is going on.  I donít care if you forward this e-mail to the motorcycling world, print it off, make copies and pass them out or whatever.  Letís just get this message out.  Any independent mechanic or personal garage fixer on his own bike is depending on this because if it doesnít pass and the government decides to enforce it, we could all be standing in line at the dealers because we couldnít get the specifications, parts, equipment or knowledge to fix our own bikes.  Only when this information gets passed out to the general motorcycling world (or anyone that wishes to preserve their freedom of fixing ANY of their vehicles) will we do all that we could do.

 

Those Representatives on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, of which the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection is part are:

Energy and Commerce Members for the 109th Congress 

Joe Barton, Texas
Chairman

Ralph M. Hall, Texas

Michael Bilirakis, Florida
Vice Chairman

Fred Upton, Michigan

Cliff Stearns, Florida

Paul E. Gillmor, Ohio

Nathan Deal, Georgia

Ed Whitfield, Kentucky

Charlie Norwood, Georgia

Barbara Cubin, Wyoming

John Shimkus, Illinois

Heather Wilson, New Mexico

John B. Shadegg, Arizona

Charles "Chip" Pickering, Mississippi
Vice Chairman

Vito Fossella, New York

Roy Blunt, Missouri

Steve Buyer, Indiana

George Radanovich, California

Charles F. Bass, New Hampshire

Joseph R. Pitts, Pennsylvania

Mary Bono, California

Greg Walden, Oregon

Lee Terry, Nebraska

Mike Ferguson, New Jersey

Mike Rogers, Michigan

C.L. "Butch" Otter, Idaho

Sue Myrick, North Carolina

John Sullivan, Oklahoma

Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania

Michael Burgess, Texas

Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee

John D. Dingell, Michigan
Ranking Member

Henry A. Waxman, California

Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts

Rick Boucher, Virginia

Edolphus Towns, New York

Frank Pallone Jr., New Jersey

Sherrod Brown, Ohio

Bart Gordon, Tennessee

Bobby L. Rush, Illinois

Anna G. Eshoo, California

Bart Stupak, Michigan

Eliot L. Engel, New York

Albert R. Wynn, Maryland

Gene Green, Texas

Ted Strickland, Ohio

Diana DeGette, Colorado

Lois Capps, California

Mike Doyle, Pennsylvania

Tom Allen, Maine

Jim Davis, Florida

Jan Schakowsky, Illinois

Hilda L. Solis, California

Charles A. Gonzalez, Texas

Jay Inslee, Washington

Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin

Mike Ross, Arkansas

 

To find your local Federal congressional representativeís telephone number, etc., call (202)224-3121 or (202)225-3121, tell whoever answers the area you live in and they will provide you with telephone numbers to call, etc.or log on to Congress.org. 

 

Once this bill is approved of in the committee (and if we work hard it can be) then start on your local Representatives who will have to vote when the bill arrives on the floor of the Congress.  Look at the March RFJ Newspaper to find suggestions as to how to best do this.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Gwen