RMA on Dem-controlled Congress: 'It's business as usual'

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is looking forward to establishing relationships with new people in Congress following Tuesday's election, a spokesman for the organization has told

"There will be new (Congressional) agendas and so forth, but we're not passing judgement on any particular party," says Dan Zielinski, vice president of communications for the RMA.

H.R. 5632, the rolling resistance bill, will continue to be "a priority issue" with the RMA, though Zielinski doesn't expect the legislation to go anywhere until at least next year.

"We would like to see a companion bill enacted in the Senate," he adds.

The bill -- which would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create a rule that would establish a national rating system for tire rolling resistance -- was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee six months ago. There is no companion bill in the Senate.

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