You Auto Know: November 20, 2020

You Auto Know 11/20/20

Leadership of New Congress Takes Shape; No Progress on Next COVID Relief

New Congress Leadership Elections

The newly elected members of the 117th Congress, which will be sworn-in in early January, were in Washington this week to select their leadership.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) is expected to be re-elected to lead a slimmer Democratic majority and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) will return to head a larger Republican conference. Other top House leaders were also re-elected to their current posts, including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD), Majority Whip James Clyburn (SC), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA) and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (WY).  Democrats also selected Rep. Katherine Clark (MA) as Assistant Democratic Leader.

In elections held last week, Senators re-elected Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (NY), though control of the Senate is still to be determined by run-off elections in Georgia in January.  Other members of Senate Republican leadership include Republican Whip John Thune (SD), Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (WY), Republican Policy Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (MO) and Republican Conference Vice Chairman Joni Ernst (IA). Other key Senate Democratic leadership members include Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin (IL) and Assistant Leader Patty Murray (WA).

ICYMI:  Check out the latest Beltway Talk podcast, in which Rachel Robinson, AIADA’s Vice President of Government Relations, breaks down the results and the impact of the 2020 election.

COVID Relief/Lame Duck

Despite a meeting this week to discuss a deal to fund the government, which must be done by December 11, and addressing the expiration of some COVID relief programs, such as pandemic unemployment assistance and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), there has been no reported progress on a deal for a new round of COVID relief.

Paycheck Protection Program

Also this week, AIADA joined other business organizations on a letter to congressional leaders and the administration asking that the use of “Loan Necessity Questionnaires,” which have been sent to recipients of PPP loans of $2 million and higher, be temporarily suspended.  The letters argue that the loan questionnaires represent an undue and unnecessary burden on loan recipients.

Quote of the Week

The Biden administration will also likely relax at least some tariffs on international parts, which is good news for all automakers considering building a vehicle requires a global supply chain.”

            -Roberto Baldwin, Senior Technology Editor, Car and Driver (Car and Driver)

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Friday Feel Good

Here are just a few recent examples of how the international nameplate auto industry is doing good in communities across the US during the pandemic:

Gettel Automotive Group’s Gettel Foundation in Florida recently donated $50,000.00 in support of Feeding America, providing $10,000 each to five local food banks.

East Tennessee Nissan in Tennessee is continuing an eight-year tradition by making a donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Morristown. The 35-year old dealership made a $10,000 donation to the club in a ceremony at East Tennessee Nissan at the end of a “Trunk or Treat” celebration. The money will go towards the “Tasty Tuesdays and Thursdays” program at the club.

Price Simms Family Dealership Group in California has made a generous donation of $100,000 to The Salvation Army to support the nonprofit’s disaster relief efforts. The $100,000 gift will support The Salvation Army of Napa and The Suisun City Salvation Army Kroc Center.

We want to hear more about how you are supporting your local community during this difficult time – tweet us at @AIADA_News and use the hashtag #DealersDoGood.