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Congress trying to do something stupid again


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Dear Fellow Enthusiast,

As a SEMA Member Company, we have received an Urgent Legislative Action Alert from the association. You may be interested in this legislative alert and the possible impact it will have on your hobby.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is a non-profit trade association composed of more than 6,800 member companies involved in all aspects of the automotive industry, from manufacturers to car clubs and race teams.

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) protects your hobby from unfair or unnecessary legislation on national and local levels. Through distribution of information and the collective voice of automotive enthusiasts and businesses, the SEMA Action Network has successfully impacted legislation concerning scrappage laws, equipment standards, registration classifications, emissions regulations, and more.

The following information is directly from SEMA. If you would like to contact the lawmaker, follow the instructions in the alert.

Thank you for your time,
Your Friends at Summit Racing Equipment


Washington lawmakers are drafting a large economic stimulus package to help create jobs and rebuild infrastructure. They want to include a nationwide scrappage program which would give U.S. tax dollars to consumers who turn-in older cars to have them crushed, as a misguided attempt to spur new car sales. The lawmakers need to scrap this idea.

The stimulus package is being drafted right now. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants to introduce the bill on January 6 and have it approved by Congress by January 20, so that President Obama can sign it into law after he is inaugurated.

Contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi IMMEDIATELY To Oppose Cash for Clunkers!
Call: 202-225-0100
Click here to send an electronic message:
Talking Points
Feel free to use any of the statements below as a starting point for your message to Speaker Pelosi.
  • I am [calling/writing] to urge lawmakers not to include a Cash for Clunkers provision in the economic stimulus bill. Owners who turn in vehicles for crushing would receive a "minimal" payment to purchase a new car. This is a misguided attempt to spur car sales and claim that the countrys air quality or fleet fuel mileage is being improved.
  • I work for [company name] located in [city and state]. My company is part of the specialty automotive industry, an industry which enables consumers to enhance their vehicles appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and safety. Cash for Clunkers programs deny our small businesses the availability of older cars necessary to develop and market their products and services. The programs will hurt my company and our customers.
  • Cash for Clunkers programs threaten enthusiasts nationwide with the loss of valuable parts and parts-cars for repair, restoration, and customization projects. The programs also risk destroying classic, historic and special-interest vehicles, our American heritage.
  • Cars turned in for scrappage often barely run, or are rarely-driven second or third vehicles that have a minimal impact on overall fuel economy or emissions.
  • Cash for Clunkers programs will reduce the availability of affordable transportation and repair parts used by low-income drivers. It will also compete with the Salvation Army, the Purple Heart and other charities that rely on vehicle donations to raise money.
  • Cash for Clunkers ignores better policy options. If Congress wants to act, support for repair and upgrade is a better choice and a win-win for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and repair shops. Significant emissions and fuel economy improvements can be achieved in older vehicles through relatively simple and inexpensive means: repaired/replaced exhaust systems, tune-ups, etc.
  • We hope we can count on you to reject Cash for Clunkers. Thank you for your consideration on this very important matter.
If you choose to send a message to Speaker Pelosi, please send a copy of your message to SEMA also:
Fax: 202/783-6024

I don't know how many of you might have gotten this SEMA alert,so I'm passing it along.:mad:
I have seen this post on other sites. My personal opinion is i dont think there are gona be any 40 ford coups crushed. This is called recycling. The salvage yards crush everyday and will continue to do so. If im not mistaken its a volunteer program and if someone wants to trade their 88 olds for a new can opener let them. If u read the post the key word is ''me and my' and Summit''. So my opinion is if someone has another choice and i stress choice how can that be bad. Also i would suggest you read the actual legislation rather than march lock step behind someone or some company . Having said that when they want to tell me i have to or cant do something well thats another animal.

This is by no means a slam on KCfatdog he is just passing on the email and i respect his opinion.

My 5 cents
I did read it. Some may be concerned,some may not. I have a yard full of vehicles. Some run,some don't. I fix'm,then sell'm. There are more states and municipalities trying to pass laws and such to get those of us to crush everything even if it is a collectable in your drive. Bunch of tree hugging busy bodies. I only passed it along as it being one more step that lawmakers are slowly coming to get us one piece at a time.:)

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