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The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has rescheduled its 2011 Aftermarket Legislative Summit. The new dates for the event, to be held in Washington, D.C., are June 20-21.

The Aftermarket Legislative Summit was rescheduled because members of Congress would not have been in town during the summit’s originally scheduled dates in March. The scheduled recess was part of a new decision by Congress to make sure its members work in their districts one week every month.

“While we would have preferred to not change the dates of the summit, the new date will provide time for the new Congress to get organized and likely make our congressional visits more effective," says Kathleen Schmatz, CEO and president of AAIA. "The new dates also will permit our attendees and their families to enjoy our nation’s capital in the spring, when it is at its best.

"The bottom line is that no matter when we hold this event, it is an important opportunity for aftermarket professionals to come to Capitol Hill to discuss issues that impact their businesses with key congressional leaders.”

Participants will be thoroughly coached and prepared for their congressional visits during an issue briefing session that will be held on the afternoon of Monday, June 20. A reception will be held on Capitol Hill the evening of June 20 to provide an informal setting for members to meet legislators and their staff.

Attendees will spend Tuesday, June 21, walking the halls of Congress and meeting their elected officials and staffs. AAIA staff will set up appointments for participants with their district representative and two U.S. senators.

There is no cost to attend the summit; attendees only need to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

The registration deadline is May 22, 2011. For more information on the summit, including how to register and make hotel reservations, visit

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