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IT's the law! We won, but there's more work to do.

cally houck
Ojai, CA, United States

Dec 10, 2015 — President Obama has signed the Act named for my daughters Raechel and Jackie into law!! It is now illegal, under federal law, for a rental car company with a loaner / rental car fleet of 35 vehicles or more, to rent, loan, or sell an unrepaired recalled rental or loaner car until the safety defects have been repaired.

It's been a real saga, and it wouldn't have been possible without the involvement of people like each one of you. Thank you!

I remain committed to closing the car dealers' dangerous 35-car loophole for unsafe recalled loaner or rental cars from car dealerships. They were the only ones who sought that special-interest exemption, and they got it added near midnight -- thanks to a U.S. Representative who is himself a car dealer.

I am deeply grateful to everyone who has stood up to the powerful industries who opposed the bill, especially Senators Schumer, Boxer, McCaskill, Nelson, Blumenthal, and Thune, and Representatives Capps, Schakowsky, Butterfield, and Jones. And to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Foxx and Dr. Rosekind at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who championed closing the rental / loaner car safety gap, despite heavy opposition from the manufacturers and dealers.

It may be hard to believe, but all of the major rental car companies themselves, and many of the smaller ones, worked side by side with me, for the past several years, asking to have their industry regulated by the safety agency. That is rare indeed, and truly commendable. In the end, the biggest problem was not the rental car companies, but the car dealers.

It means so much to me to know that Raechel and Jackie's Act is the law of the land. Thank you again!

I hope that you and your families and friends will enjoy safe, joyous holidays!

Cally Houck


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