04-02-2004

04NR18 - House Overwhelmingly Passes TEA LU

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karen Bolin
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April 2, 2004

#04NR18 - House Overwhelmingly Passes TEA LU

The United States House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved H.R. 3550, "The Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users" (TEA LU). The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is pleased to announce that all of our motorcycle safety initiatives are included in this 6-year surface transport bill passed by the House today.

"This is a significant victory for the MRF, as well as the state motorcyclists' rights organizations (SMROs) and motorcyclists nationwide who have worked hand in hand with us on our motorcycle safety initiatives for the better part of two years," said MRF President Karen Bolin. "We still have work to do, but this is definitely a step in the right direction."

Passage of the $284 billion TEA LU bill sends a resounding message to the White House that both the Senate and House favor significant increases in highway and transit spending, despite a veto threat from the Bush administration if the final package exceeds $256 billion. The Senate passed a $318 billion surface transport measure a few weeks ago, and the final vote today of 357-56 in favor of TEA LU signals enough support in the House to override a veto.

The next step will be a House and Senate conference to combine the two bills and develop a compromise bill for passage by the full House and Senate and then presentation to the White House. It is possible that conferees may begin pre-conferencing by the end of next week, but significant progress is not anticipated until after Congress re-convenes on April 19 following their Spring break.

The MRF would like to thank everyone who took the time to contact their Congressmen to solicit support for our motorcycle safety initiatives. To find out how your Congressman voted on H.R. 3550, you can visit the U.S. House of Representatives website at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2004/roll114.xml. If your Congressman did vote in favor of this bill, you might want to send him or her a big "thank you" for supporting the motorcycle safety initiatives included in the bill.

As always, we will keep you posted regarding all developments on the MRF's ground-breaking motorcycle safety legislation!

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