05-20-2004

04NR24 - MRF Urges You To Make The Most of The Upcoming Congressional Recess!

MRF E-MAIL NEWS
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President - Government Relations
jeff@mrf.org (e-mail)

May 20, 2004

#04NR24 - MRF Urges You To Make The Most of The Upcoming Congressional Recess!

Congress will be entering the Memorial Day recess next week, scheduled for May 22 through May 31, 2004. Federal lawmakers often host town hall meetings back in their home districts during district work periods, to tout their achievements and solicit feedback from their constituents. Such meetings provide a perfect opportunity for you to ask your federal lawmakers to state their positions on motorcycling-related issues for the record, face to face, in an open and public forum.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) urges you to call your Congressmen's local offices to ask if they are planning to hold any town hall meetings or other open forums during the Memorial Day district work period. If they are, please share the dates, times, and locations with the MRF and your State Motorcyclists' Rights Organization (SMRO). You can find contact information for your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators by visiting the following websites: Representative information at http://www.house.gov/writerep/ and Senate information at http://www.senate.gov.

If you do plan to attend a district meeting with your Congressman, be sure to prepare some specific questions ahead of time. At this point the MRF is focused on three specific pieces of legislation:

1. The reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act (TEA), which is currently being held up over funding and political disputes. Express your support for HR 3550, the House-passed version of the bill that contains the MRF's motorcycle safety initiatives.

2. HR 1749, the Health Care Parity for Legal Transportation and Recreational Activities Act, which will reverse the discrimination against motorcyclists contained in HIPAA. Visit http://thomas.loc.gov/ and type "H.R. 1749" in the "Bill Number" box and then click on "Search" to see if your U.S. Representative is a co-sponsor of this bill. If he/she is listed, be sure to thank him/her for supporting this important piece of legislation. If he/she is not listed, ask him/her to consider signing on as a co-sponsor.

3. H. Res. 614, a bill introduced by Representative Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) supporting the goals of the national motorcycle safety and awareness month bill sponsored by Senator Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell (R-CO) and passed by the Senate on April 28, 2004. Be sure to thank your Senators for passing Senator Campbell's bill unanimously. Ask your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor H. Res. 614. To view the text of H. Res. 614, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ and type "H. Res. 614" in the "Bill Number" box and then click on "Search."

If you are able to attend a town hall meeting, be sure to follow up with a letter to your Congressman expressing your appreciation for holding the meeting. Include your questions in the letter, even if you didn't get a chance to ask them in the meeting. This letter will make certain that your legislators will take you and your views seriously.

You can find more information regarding all of the issues listed above by visiting the MRF website at www.mrf.org. If you need assistance or guidance before contacting your Congressmen, please contact Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations, by e-mailing jeff@mrf.org or calling the MRF office at 202-546-0983.

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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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