RPM Act Does Not Advance Forward in 2022 Session

SEMA and PRI put out a joint statement today announcing that, despite bipartisan support and efforts on the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act) designed to protect racing and race cars, the act did not move forward in Congress before the closing of the 2021-22 session.

The challenge remained finding appropriate language that balances protection of race cars and parts with EPA restrictions that govern daily drivers. Various members of the race community, including Antron Brown and Richard Petty, testified in from of congress in support of racing, and more than 1.5 million letters from the grassroots race community should the importance of advocacy. Much of this effort, presumably, has been driven by PRI and by PRI’s new membership opportunities that allows individual members to be part of the advocacy PAC.

SEMA and PRI called out the RPM Act’s lead sponsors — the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee, and the House Energy & Commerce Committee — for their support.

“We wouldn’t have made it this far without this incredible effort by so many of our members,” said SEMA President and CEO Mike Spagnola. “The RPM Act was one of the most bipartisan bills in the 117th Congress with over 165 lawmakers cosponsoring the legislation. SEMA and PRI will leverage the momentum we built during this congressional session, assess the current challenges the industry faces, and chart a new path forward for the industry’s advocacy efforts at both the federal and state levels.”

SEMA and PRI will continue to work towards support of the race community and aftermarket on the grassroots and congressional levels in 2023/24.  For more information, visit: www.saveourracecars.com.

About Andreanna Ditton 311 Articles
Andreanna Ditton is the Editorial Director and Editor-in-Chief for the Internet Brands Automotive Classifieds Group, of which RacingJunk is the flagship site. She has worked in the automotive publishing industry since 2007, focusing on racing and performance issues.

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