06-03-2004

04NR28 - U.S. House Names Highway Bill Conferees

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President - Government Relations
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June 3, 2004

#04NR28 - U.S. House Names Highway Bill Conferees

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that the U.S. House of Representatives named 52 conferees this morning for the conference committee to review the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act (TEA), the six-year highway bill (HR 3550). The House has struggled all week to name its conferees after the Senate appointed committee members on May 21, just hours prior to the Memorial Day recess.

The 52 House members named as conferees include key members of the Ways and Means, Science, Rules, Resources, Judiciary, Government Reform, Energy and Commerce, Education and Workforce, Budget, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. The House members serving on the conference committee are: Don Young (AK), Tom Petri (WI), Bill Lipinski (IL), James Oberstar (MN), Sherwood Boehlert (NY), Howard Coble (NC), John Duncan (TN), John Mica (FL), Peter Hoekstra (MI), Vern Ehlers (MI), Spencer Bachus (AL), Steve LaTourette (OH), Gary Miller (CA), Dennis Rehburg (MT), Bob Beauprez (CO), Nick Rahall (WV), Peter DeFazio (OR), Jerry Costello (IL), Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC), Jerry Adler (NY), Robert Melendez (NJ), Corrine Brown (FL), Bob Filner (CA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), Bill Thomas (CA), Tom Delay (TX), Jim McCrery (LA), Charles Rangel (NY), Wayne Gilchrest (MD), Randy Neugebauer (TX), Bart Gordon (TN), David Drier (CA), Pete Sessions (TX), Martin Frost (TX), Richard Pombo (CA), Jim Gibbons (NV), Ron Kind (WI), James Sensenbrenner (WI), Lamar Smith (TX), John Conyers (MI), Tom Davis (VA), Ed Schrock (VA), Henry Waxman (CA), Joe Barton (TX), Charles Pickering (MS), John Dingell (MI), Cass Ballenger (NC), Judy Biggert (IL), George Miller (CA), Jim Nussle (IA), Chris Shays (CT) and John Spratt (SC).

The House conferees include 32 Republicans and 20 Democrats, with several strong MRF supporters from both parties on the conference. The Senate named 21 conferees, including 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. While naming the members of the conference committee is a big step toward a compromise on the bill, many hurdles still stand in the way such as the overall dollar amount of the bill and the formulas that will determine how many federal highway dollars each state will get.

The MRF is working with the State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs) in states that have representation on the conference committee. We will be asking you to contacting your elected officials in the near future when the time is appropriate.

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