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PARTS Act Sponsor Rep. Darrell Issa May Run for Speaker of the House

Rep. Darrell Issa, a representative from California, told CNBC today that he is considering a run for the soon to be vacant Republican Speaker of the House position. Issa told CNBC he would support House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan for the Speaker’s position, but Ryan has been reluctant to take on the job.

“To be honest, I’m probably better suited to be the Republican leader or a committee chairman,” said Issa, whose four-year reign as House Oversight chairman ended in late 2014. He now chairs the Intellectual Property Subcommittee.

The prospect of Issa as Speaker of the House is interesting for the aftermarket parts industry, as he Issa is the sponsor and most vocal advocate for the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act (H.R. 3889) currently working its way through Congress. If enacted the bill would amend U.S. Code to “provide for an exception from infringement for certain component parts of motor vehicles.”

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