03-24-2004

04NR15 - MRF Motorcycle Safety Initiatives in House Transportation Bill

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karen Bolin
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March 24, 2004

#04NR15 - MRF's Motorcycle Safety Initiatives in House Transportation Bill

This afternoon, the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T & I) Committee passed a $275 billion measure to reauthorize federal highway and transit programs. The actual language for the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act (TEA) is still being reviewed and will be finalized by the end of the week. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is very pleased to announce that we have received assurances from several Congressional sources that the motorcycle safety initiatives for which you have all worked so hard over the past two years are included in the TEA measure that was favorably voted out of the T & I Committee today.

House T & I Committee Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska) originally proposed a $375 billion reauthorization bill spanning the next six years, but with the threat of a Presidential veto looming, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) insisted on a $275 billion bill. Young agreed to introduce the $275 billion bill to the House T & I Committee, but the revised version requires Congress to revisit the issue by September, 2005.

The T & I Committee opened its deliberations today by taking a symbolic voice vote to
approve Young's original $375 billion bill, but Young said he would not report that legislation to the House. He will instead bring the $275 billion bill to the floor next week if House leaders permit. The $275 billion bill also passed with a unanimous voice vote. The Senate has already passed a $318 billion measure for the next six years.

Representing the MRF at the Committee hearing today were Carol Simpson, MRF Board Member; Joe Laurance, ABATE of Oregon; and Jim Henderson, ABATE of Maryland. They spent several hours standing in line before being permitted to enter the hearing, and used that time to catch legislators and staff in the halls to thank them for their support. Carol described the experience this way, "Folks, if you haven't visited Washington, DC and been a part of this wonderful grassroots process to protect freedom and our motorcycling lifestyle, you've just got to come and see for yourselves. Words cannot replace the actual experience."

The MRF would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued diligence and hard work, without which our initiatives would not have made it this far. Stay tuned for a call to action early next week when the language for this bill has been finalized and it moves to the House for a full vote.

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The MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American riders' rights movement among its leading members. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, motorcycling safety education, training, and public awareness. The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists' rights organizations with direction and information, and sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists' rights activists, as well as publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.
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The first motorcyclists' rights organization to establish a full-time legislative advocacy presence in Washington. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted exclusively to the street rider. MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause of rider safety and rider freedom. MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American rider rights movement among its leading members. Motorcyclists worldwide can thumb-start their search for rider rights and safety on the web at www.mrf.org.

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