112th Congress Goes To Washington, Lobbyists Follow. Will The Right To Repair Act Finally Pass? Page 2

January 4, 2011

U.S. Capitol

"We want to congratulate those who will be taking the oath of office as members of the 112th Congress and urge them to take up the Right to Repair Act immediately to demonstrate their ability to work together on behalf of the American people," said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of AAIA.  "A wide variety of constituencies have come out in support of the Right to Repair Act including those representing the military and their families, senior citizens, motorcycle riders, recyclers and organizations representing consumers and rural communities. Consumers benefit from competition and these groups know that their members are at a disadvantage when neighborhood auto repair shops are denied ready access to non-proprietary service information and tools needed to properly maintain today's highly sophisticated motor vehicles."

State and national consumer and industry organizations representing millions of Americans support passage of the Right to Repair Act including the Automobile Association of America (AAA), American Military Society, National Grange, Automotive Recyclers Association, Consumer Electronics Association, Engine Repower Council, Motorcycle Riders Foundation, RetireSafe and 60 Plus.

"Motoring consumers nationwide are looking to their members of Congress to protect their right to safe, affordable vehicle repair by cosponsoring and voting for the Right to Repair Act," said Ray Pohlman, president of the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE).  "The enthusiastic grassroots support of Right to Repair continues to gain momentum and sends a strong message to Congress that motoring consumers want this issue heard, cosponsored and passed. Tens of thousands of consumers have sent emails and letters of support to their elected officials requesting passage of Right to Repair and thousands have joined the rapidly growing social media community to join the conversation and follow the legislative developments."

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