The latest in a series of Republican calls for a ‘no-excuses’ policy for cell phone repair
The National Rifle Association, the American Medical Association, and others have called on the Trump administration to stop granting waivers to manufacturers for repairs that can be done at home.
The NRA’s chief lobbyist, Alan Gottlieb, said on Friday that the government has the authority to grant waivers to automakers, but he would not commit to doing so.
“This is a very difficult situation and we do not want to put this on a timeline,” GottlieB told the Associated Press.
Gottlieb said the Trump Administration “should not allow automakers to give them the ability to provide a no-excuse policy to manufacturers,” the AP reported.
In a statement, the NRA said the government should not grant waivers.
“While the government does have the authority and responsibility to grant the waiver, the administration has done little to fulfill that role,” the statement said.
“As long as the waivers continue to be issued without any serious oversight, the government will continue to provide the waivers.”
A government spokeswoman told The Associated Press that the Department of Transportation has not received a request for the White House’s assistance with the issue.
Betsy McCaughey, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said the agency has received about 2,000 requests for the waiver.
“I think they’re very interested in seeing that this issue is addressed,” McCaughee said of the manufacturers.
“I don’t think it’s a good use of their time.”
Manufacturers are also concerned about the cost of the repairs.
Roughly 50 percent of all repair services require at least one technician and up to $20,000 in fees, according to the National Association of Home Inspectors.