RV Industry Steps Up Lobbying Effort

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November 17, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) today (Nov. 17) called on the entire RV industry, from suppliers to manufacturers to dealers to consumers, to redouble efforts to tell the Congressional Super Committee and all of Congress not to eliminate the second home mortgage interest deduction for RVs.

Late last week some members of the Super Committee (Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction) noted the elimination of the second home mortgage interest deduction among the proposals under consideration by the Committee. Retention of the federal second home mortgage interest deduction is a top priority for the RV industry because it helps make owning an RV more affordable, something especially important in tough economic times. Elimination of this deduction would hurt RV buyers and owners, most of whom are middle class Americans, and threaten U.S. RV manufacturing jobs, according to a news release.

As of 11 a.m. today over 3,500 RV industry members and consumers had sent over 10,500 messages to Congress asking the Super Committee not to raise taxes on middle class RV owners.

Although this is seen as a strong response, RVIA advises that in order for this effort to have an effective impact on Congress, RV consumers and anyone in the industry who has not already reached out to their member of Congress should take the time to do so as soon as possible. The Super Committee is still hammering out details of its proposal, and negotiations may well continue into next week.

By visiting one can simply and efficiently make their views on this issue known to their members of Congress.

According RVIA President Richard Coon, “These are the times when the true character of our industry is apparent. When we all come together to do what is right for the customer and the entire industry.”

Coon credits a myriad of industry groups and associations for putting forward a unified and powerful message, “Every national and state association is engaged in this effort. From consumer clubs to manufacturer groups to dealer groups, the entire industry is rallying behind the effort. Today, our entire industry speaks with one voice. And what it is saying is: do not raise taxes on middle income RV buyers and owners; do not jeopardize RV industry jobs,” said Coon.

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