Published: Monday, 18 May 2009 06:55
Members of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will visit U.S. senators, representatives and key legislative staff during RVIA’s seventh annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, scheduled for Wednesday, June 10.
Potential topics for discussions include RVIA’s ongoing efforts to:
- Secure a sales/excise tax deduction for RV trailers.
- Lower the required AAA rating for Term Asset Backed Loan Facility (TALF) floor plan loans.
- Add RV dealer floor plan loans to the Small Business Administration (SBA) 7 (a) loan program and alter the SBA size criteria for RV dealers so that more dealers can qualify as small businesses.
- Request that Congress continue to encourage Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) recipients to lend to small businesses and consumers.
In addition, advocacy attendees can share with Congressional offices the results of a study that favorably compares the carbon footprint of an RV vacation to other vacations and give Congressional staff an update on the "greening" of the RV industry.
“Advocacy Day is vitally important to our efforts to increase awareness of the RV industry on the federal level,” said Jay Landers, senior director of RVIA’s Government Affairs Department. “Congressional visits help strengthen relationships between RVIA members and the members of Congress who represent their states and districts.”
RVIA Government Affairs staff schedule appointments with elected officials, provide briefing materials and accompany members on visits.