WASHINGTON—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association and its affiliated associations are applauding the passage of a bill requiring federal agencies to consider using remanufactured auto parts for vehicle fleet repairs.
S. 565, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote Sept. 28. It previously had passed the Senate June 15 by unanimous consent.
The bill directs the head of each federal agency to encourage use of remanufactured parts for federal vehicle repairs if such use would reduce vehicle maintenance costs while maintaining quality.
Steve Handschuh, MEMA president and CEO, thanked the main sponsors of the bill—Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich.; and James Lankford, R-Okla.; and Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich.—for their support in promoting federal procurement of remanufactured parts.
“This has been a great example of bipartisan legislation that benefits both the motor vehicle supplier industry and the federal government,” Handschuh said.
John Chalifoux, president and COO of the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA), thanked MEMA staffers and MERA members for their work in advancing the bill.
S. 565 now goes to President Obama for his signature.