From: The Honorable Patrick T. McHenry
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Bill: H.R. 350
Date: 2/14/2017

Help Protect the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Current Co-sponsors: Abraham, Amodei, Babin, Banks, Barletta, Bishop (GA), Bishop (MI) Black, Blum, Bost, Brat, Brooks, Buck, Bucshon, Budd, Burgess, Byrne, Carter, Cohen, Cook, Cooper,
Cramer, Crawford, Cuellar, R. Davis (IL), Emmer, Fleischmann, Foxx, Garrett, Gosar, Griffith, Grothman, Holding, Hudson , Huizenga, Hurd, Jenkins, Johnson (OH), Jones, Jordan, Joyce, Kelly (MS), Kelly (PA), Kind, King (IA), Kinzinger, LaMalfa,
LoBiondo, Long, Loudermilk, MacArthur, McClintock, Meadows, Messer, Mitchell, Moolenaar, Mooney, Mullin, Murphy (PA), NolanPeterson, Pittenger, Posey, Renacci, Roe, Rogers, Rokita, Rouzer, Royce, Ryan (OH), Sanford, Schweikert,
Sensenbrenner, Sinema, Smith (TX), Stivers, Thompson (PA), Tiberi, Tipton, Trott, Valadao, Wagner, Walberg, Walorski, Walters, Walz, Wenstrup, Westerman, Young, Zeldin

Organizations Supporting: American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Auto Care Association (Auto Care), Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), California Automotive Wholesalers Association (CAWA),
Harley-Davidson Motor Company (Harley), International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), Off-Road Business Association (ORBA), Service Station
Dealers of America and Allied Trades (SSDA-AT), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Tire Industry Association (TIA).

Dear Colleague,

Rep. McHenry invites you to co-sponsor the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017, or RPM Act. In the 114th Congress, there were 120
 and we would like to invite you to join us this year to clarify to the EPA that it has always been legal to modify a street vehicle into a racecar used exclusively at a track.

While the Clean Air Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate motor vehicles, these regulations have not and should not apply to race cars.  In 1990, Congress affirmed this exemption when it authorized the EPA to regulate “non-road
vehicles” and explicitly excluded any “vehicle used solely for competition” from the non-road definition.  Despite the clear intent of Congress, the EPA is attempting to amend the Clean Air Act through a misguided regulation.  This bill simply confirms that
it would not be considered tampering to modify these vehicles for exclusive track use.

Converting a motor vehicle into a racecar is an integral part of our American automotive heritage. NASCAR was founded on this very principle.  Moreover, the specialty automotive industry employs over 1 million Americans.  Companies that manufacture, distribute,
and sell products that improve race vehicle performance are a vital and growing element of our national economy.  The RPM Act is needed to ensure the future of racing and provide certainty to the industry and its supporters.

Last year, the EPA attempted to regulate modified motor vehicles used for racing, but due to the strong bi-partisan and bi-cameral show of support against this proposed rule, the EPA dropped the notion. While we are optimistic the incoming team at the EPA
will take a different view of the regulation/legality of race products, the EPA’s enforcement office maintains that the agency doesn’t need the regulatory change to enforce the idea behind the proposed rule. It is imperative that we clarify the Clean Air Act
in order to provide racers and the industry with long-term certainty; so that they can continue to invest in the industry.

To cosponsor or find out more information about the RPM Act please contact Chris Worrell (28074) at