11-03-2003

03NR37 - Senate Committee Passes Health Care Remedy Unanimously!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Wyld
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November 3, 2003

#03NR37 - SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES HEALTH CARE REMEDY UNANIMOUSLY!

Sometimes progress takes years. On Wednesday morning, October 29, progress took all of eight seconds.

With the support of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and a host of groups backing health care benefit protection for legal transportation and recreational activities, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee voted unanimously to pass S. 423.

The vote occurred within seconds and came after 24 hours of intense grassroots activity by the MRF and State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs) with Senators who serve on that committee.

"We commend the motorcyclists of over a dozen states who took no time to answer our call for action," said MRF President Karen Bolin. In addition to a flood of support from individual riders, the following SMROs all worked with the MRF to deliver letters of support to their Senators within a 24-hour period: ABATE of Maryland, ABATE of Virginia, the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists, ABATE of South Carolina, Motorcyclists for Nevada, ABATE of Kansas, ABATE of Ohio, ABATE of New York, Freedom of Road Riders (Missouri), Concerned Motorcycle Riders of Ohio, ABATE of North Carolina, CMT/ABATE (Tennessee), Connecticut Motorcyclists Rights Association, the Washington Road Riders Association, the Confederation of Clubs (New Mexico), ABATE of New Mexico and the New Mexico MRO. In addition, the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association and the New Hampshire Motorcyclists Rights Organization commended Committee Chairman Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Ranking Member, Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) for their leadership and innovation in bringing this vital measure to a full committee vote.

"The response by SMROs to our request was timely, sophisticated and right on target," said Bolin.

The MRF will continue to work with SMROs and other groups supporting the health care rescue to bring the measure to a vote by the full Senate and the earliest possible committee vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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