05-21-2004

04NR26 - U.S. Senate Names Highway Bill Conferees

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President - Government Relations
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May 21, 2004

#04NR26 - U.S. Senate Names Highway Bill Conferees

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that the U.S. Senate named 21 conferees this morning for the conference committee to review the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act (TEA), the six-year highway bill (S. 1072). The Senate has been delaying naming the conferees for several weeks due to political disputes, as well as funding level issues involving the White House.

The appointed senators are: James Inhofe (OK) Christopher "Kit" Bond (MO), Chuck Grassley (IA), Don Nickles (OK), John McCain (AZ), Richard Shelby (AL), Mitch McConnell (KY), John Warner (VA), George Voinovich (OH), Trent Lott (MS), Orin Hatch (UT) Tom Daschle (SD) Jim Jeffords (VT) Harry Reid (NV), Max Baucus (MT), Kent Conrad (ND) Ernest Hollings (SC), Paul Sarbanes (MD), Bob Graham (FL), Joseph Lieberman (CT), and Barbara Boxer (CA).

Eleven Republicans and ten Democrats make up the 21-person Senate panel, and the group includes several MRF supporters. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to name its conferees sometime after the Memorial Day recess. The House was supposed to appoint conferees along with the Senate, but due to the late notice on Wednesday of the Senate action and the upcoming Memorial Day recess period, the House simply ran out of time.

The MRF is working with the State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs) in states that have Senate representation on the conference committee and will continue to do so when the House appointees are named. The MRF will be asking you to contacting your elected officials when the time is appropriate. In the meantime, we urge you to contact your federal elected officials to arrange meetings or attend town hall meetings while they are on the Memorial Day recess and are back home in their district offices.

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