TIADA Dealers Visit Washington D.C.
This week a TIADA delegation traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the NIADA National Policy Conference. The attendees also visited Capitol Hill where they met with members of Congress from Texas to discuss issues facing the industry.
TIADA members met with Republican Congressman Roger Williams and Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar. They also spoke to staffers from the offices of several other members of Congress. Among the topics discussed were tariffs on vehicles and vehicle parts. The dealers explained NIADA's position that these tariffs would hurt the auto industry. They also urged the Congressmen to make last year's tax cuts, including the pass through tax cut, permanent. Additionally, they touched on issues that are always a concern for independent dealers such as auto recalls and CFPB reform.
"This is one of the most important things we do as an association," said TIADA Executive Director Jeff Martin, "I can't say enough about the dealers who take time away from their dealership to participate in this day at the Capitol. We have been attending this event for several years, and now when we walk into an office, they know who we are. They are eager to listen to us.”
The TIADA delegation included TIADA President Juan Sabillón of Mi Tierra Auto Sales, his wife Aracely, Erica Blankenship, Haley Blankenship and Martin Garcia of Texas Auto Center, Mark Jones of MCMC Auto, and Scott Allen of Auto Land. Ariad Sommer and Efrat Bogoslavsky of Ituran and TIADA Executive Director Jeff Martin also made the trip.
Those dealers that did not make the trip still have an opportunity to strengthen the voice of the association and aid its legislative efforts by making a donation to TIADA's political action committee INDEPAC. With just a few weeks before the election, time is running out for you to make a contribution that helps TIADA advocate on behalf of your business and your industry. DONATE TODAY!