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CALIFORNIA UNITES IN FIGHT AGAINST H.R. 1790

 CALIFORNIA UNITES IN FIGHT AGAINST H.R. 1790
 ARCADIA, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 3, the Coalition


for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) will meet with members of the Automotive Service Council (ASC) of California in U.S. Rep. Carlos Moorhead's (R-Calif.) District, California's 22nd Congressional District.
 The discussion will focus on H.R. 1790, the Design Innovation and Tehnology Act. If passed, H.R. 1790 would force consumers back to the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for all parts and eventually all repairs, forcing American consumers to pay inflated prices for the monopolized replacement parts. The main focus of the meeting is to discuss strategy in defeating this bill as written, and to work on an amendment to the bill, which will clearly exempt the motor vehicle parts aftermarket.
 Moorhead, who co-authored this legislation last April with U.S. House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), has insisted that the automotive aftermarket was never intended to be included as part of the legislation, but has not contacted CARE or its members to work on a succinct amendment. Moorhead, along with other leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives, is pushing strongly for the passage of this bill in Congress. Hearings were held in late January and a second set is expected next month in Washington, D.C.
 "Those of us who are involved in the motor vehicle parts and service aftermarket industry, clearly understand how detrimental this bill will be on aftermarket jobs, as well as driving consumer costs of replacement parts sky high," said Moonyean Kistler, co-owner of Craig's Automotive, located in Whittier.
 "CARE and ASC have decided to meet in Rep. Moorhead's district due to Rep. Moorhead's perseverance in getting his bill passed, and because the Congressman is not listening to those of us in California involved in this industry who are extremely worried about our livelihood and in achieving a comprehensive amendment. We must have a clear exemption amendment to this bill, or small businesses will find themselves in years of litigation with big OEMs like Ford, GM, and Caterpillar," Kistler emphasized.
 Nationally, more than 2.3 million people work in the independent motor vehicle parts aftermarket, which generates more than $162 billion annually in revenues. In 1989, (latest available), California had more than 20,460,000 cars and light trucks registered in state. These vehicles were serviced by at least 24,522 independent California service stations and repair shops, with more than $3.5 billion in parts bought from 8,065 independent California tire, battery, and automotive aftermarket stores.
 CARE was formed in April 1991, to protect the jobs and consumers of the independent motor vehicle/automotive aftermarket, which is the market for parts and accessories used in the repair, maintenance or enhancement of a product, to fight H.R. 1790.
 If passed, this bill would give domestic, as well as foreign, car, light and heavy duty truck, and off-road vehicle manufacturers a government-imposed monopoly over production, sale, and distribution of vehicle replacement parts for the first 10 years of the vehicle's "life," CARE said.
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 /CONTACT: Lady Parker or Patrick Jeffery of CARE, 202-223-5380, or 800-229-5380/ CO: Coalition for Auto Repair Equality; Automotive Service Council ST: California IN: AUT SU: LEG


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