06-28-2003

03NR19 - Congress Questions EPA on Motorcycle Emissions Rulemaking

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Wyld
Phone: 202-546-0983
June 26, 2003

03NR19 - CONGRESS QUESTIONS EPA ON MOTORCYCLE EMISSIONS RULEMAKING

Forty-four Members of Congress joined U.S. Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL) and Ted Strickland (D-OH) in asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the last questions the agency may have to field before it finalizes a rule on street motorcycle emissions. The rulemaking will have profound consequences on motorcycling in America.

In a letter sent to the EPA, these Members of Congress ask for more background, rationale and data on the critical issues of the safety of catalytic converters on highway motorcycles, the impact of the rulemaking on small motorcycle businesses and the degree to which the EPA adhered to statutes and executive orders intended to breathe flexibility and fairness into the regulatory process.

"I would like to thank ABATE of Ohio and ABATE of Illinois for their work with Congressmen John Shimkus and Ted Strickland to originate this letter," said MRF President Karen Bolin. "I would also like to acknowledge and thank all the SMROs who are responsible for an impressive list of sponsors, and the many motorcyclists nationwide who contacted their representatives."

"In this effort to ensure that the voices of riders are heard, if not heeded, State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs) are the stars," observed Tom Wyld, Vice President of Government Relations for the MRF. "Brilliant grassroots performances by those who visited Washington, DC this year to lobby their legislators led to the lion's share of those states' Congressional delegations appearing on the Shimkus-Strickland letter. Every name on this letter is a unique grassroots success story for SMROs from California to New Hampshire that underscores the importance of full engagement in the democratic process, from letter writing and attendance at town meetings to full-blown SMRO lobbying trips to Washington, DC."

The MRF would like to thank all the riders and SMROs who urged their Members of Congress to sign this important letter to the EPA. To riders and SMROs who repeatedly reached their Congressmen but did not prompt a signature, Wyld had this to say: "Your work will pay dividends. First, your U.S. Representative can still send his or her own letter by using the language of Shimkus-Strickland or deciding on his or her own questions to pose. Second, you have educated your Representative about the underlying - and unresolved - issues behind a critical rulemaking that may be close to finalization, but is far from settled."

Shimkus-Strickland signers include:

Joe Baca (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Bob Beauprez (R-CO), Judy Biggert (R-IL), Tim Bishop (D-NY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Leonard Boswell (D-IA), Jeb Bradley (R-NH), Dave Camp (R-MI), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Phil Crane (R-IL), Barbara Cubin (R-WY), Lane Evans (D-IL), Bob Filner (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Jim Gibbons (R-NV), Sam Graves (R-MO), Mark Green (R-WI), Gil Gutknecht (R-MN),

J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), Tim Johnson (R-IL), Mark Kennedy (R-MN), Steve King (R-IA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Jerry Kleczka (D-WI), John Kline (R-MN), Tom Latham (R-IA), Don Manzullo (R-IL), Thad McCotter (R-MI), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Jim Nussle (R-IA), Butch Otter (R-ID), Tom Petri (R-WI), Jim Ramstad (R-MN), Paul Ryan (R-WI), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Martin Sabo (D-MN), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Bart Stupak (R-MI), Jerry Weller (R-IL).

If your Representative's name appears on this list, please be sure to call or write him or her with your sincere thanks! If your Representative's name does not appear on this list, call or write and ask your Congressman to write to the EPA on your behalf and ask his or her own questions about this proposed rulemaking.

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