RVIA Advocacy Day Raises RVing Awareness
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) enjoyed a strong turnout for its 12th Capitol Hill Advocacy Day with 29 association members taking part in meetings with 67 different congressional offices at this year’s event held June 4 in Washington, D.C, in conjunction with Committee Week.
As reported in RVIA Today Express, during meetings with 31 House of Representative and 36 Senate offices, RV industry members were able to raise awareness of the RV industry at the federal level and discuss several key issues. Meeting topics included the strong recovery of the RV market, the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade agreement, a proposed amendment to clarity that RVs are excluded from HUD jurisdiction, and reauthorization of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.
“This is a very popular event for our members. They really enjoy putting on their lobbying hats for the day and advocating on issues that are important to their companies and the RV industry,” said Monika Geraci, RVIA’s senior manager of government affairs.
According to RVIA, Advocacy Day meetings are invaluable in helping form the relationships between industry members, their elected representatives and RVIA government affairs staff that are critical to legislative success. The event has played a valuable role in helping RVIA secure key legislative victories in recent years, including 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.