MRAA attended a meeting last week organized by the Ethanol Coalition. The overall feeling was that Congress itself has done little legislative work. However, the coalition felt Congress is still on schedule for hearings and perhaps reform/repeal legislation in October, which is the original goal.
A press gathering was held in San Francisco in August with the Ad agency managing the coalition getting good camera footage. The press briefing was well attended with the Recreational Boaters Association of California representing boating at the press event. In addition, one ranch/farming group met with California Member District offices during the recess. Rep Waxman (D-California) is the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is key to Democratic support. The report is that some Members are supportive and others had no expressed interest.
A "Dear Colleague" letter is being organized in the House. The Coalition is hoping for more than 154 signatures, which were on last year's letter.
The Ad agency said the two big issues they have heard are engine damage and voided warranties.
The Coalition believes it is time to target the Energy and Commerce Committee with letters asking for support of repeal/reform of the RFS (renewable fuel standard).
The Coalition agreed to look into meeting more often, perhaps beginning with a face-to-face meeting in Washington D.C. for the week starting 9/9/2013.
The MRAA is working hard in opposition of an increase in Ethanol Blend Level.