Congressman Shimkus Seeks Support for NHTSA Lobby Ban

Action is needed now by all interested motorcyclists to contact their Federal Representatives.

Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) is seeking support from other representatives to sign on to a colleague letter being drafted to send to the House leadership of the Conference committee on ISTEA Reauthorization. This letter will outline the MRF and AMA's position to keep the Senate language on the NHTSA lobbying ban in the final conference report.

Immediate action is needed. The Conference Committee is scheduled to meet as soon as the federal legislators return from spring recess April 20th and 21st. At this point in time phone calls and email are probably the quickest way to make the necessary contact. Be sure to identify yourself as a constituent in the district. Ask your Congressman or woman to specifically contact Representative Shimkus' office so they can be added to the list of supporters before this letter goes to the conferees. Matt Johnson is the staff person handling this issue in Mr. Shimkus office.

Remember this is a part of the same basic process that got the penalties removed in 1995. We want to go to the Committee members with a letter supported by as many Representatives as possible.

If we are to be successful in 1998 particularly on the NHTSA lobbying ban we need to activate SMRO phone trees immediately. The federal offices need to light up with support for this issue. The Senate language is the strongest language we have pending and it is vital to getting NHTSA out of the lobbying business and stopping them from using our tax dollars against us in our statehouses.

For additional information contact Steve Zimmer at the MRF office in Washington 202-546-0983 or by e-mail:

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