Congress auto pieces, a once-vaunted group that had once been a source of political embarrassment, has resumed its business in the Senate, after a brief break.
The Senate voted in July to extend the extension through October 2021.
That means Congress auto components will be able to keep its main office and the company’s factory at its former home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, until the end of 2021.
The company, now called Auto Parts International Inc., was originally founded in the 1940s by brothers Joe and James Hamilton and sold its manufacturing operations to General Motors in the 1980s.
In 2018, the Hamiltons bought out their older brother, James Hamilton, who still owns the company, for $1.4 billion.
It has since been merged with its parent company, Auto Parts USA.
The new Senate majority leader, Jeff Flake, voted to extend auto parts extension through 2019.
Flake has also been pushing for legislation that would force the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pay for repairs and other costs of new cars that Congress and the auto parts industry will not cover.
The bill, known as the Automotive Parts Repair Act, is expected to pass the Senate in the coming weeks.
Auto parts also continues to thrive on Capitol Hill, with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.
In fact, the auto industry was the fastest-growing industry in Congress in 2017, with $7.4 trillion in revenue, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
That year, the U.S. House approved $4.6 trillion in spending to fix roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and other infrastructure projects, and the Senate approved $2.8 trillion.
“The auto industry continues to be a source that helps keep our government functioning,” Flake said in a statement.
“It has been a huge boost to our economy, our companies and our workers, and we look forward to seeing it thrive in the future.”