04NR43 - MRF Letter to Conferees Sent

Motorcycle Riders Foundation
P.O. Box 1808
Washington, DC 20013-1808
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Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President - Government Relations
jeff@mrf.org (e-mail)

November 18, 2004

#04NR43 - MRF Letter to Conferees Sent

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to inform you that the letter to the conferees of the highway bill (HR 3550 and S 1072) will be sent to the entire conference committee this week during the lame duck session of Congress. The MRF would like to first thank every individual and Motorcycle Rights Organization who approached their member of Congress either in person or over the phone to request support for our motorcycle safety language. The letter was sent with 24 signatures, a great showing of support.

The following members who have agreed to sign on are: Mark Green (R-WI), Leonard Boswell (D-IA), Dennis Moore (D-KS), Tim Johnson (R-IL), Mark Kennedy (R-MN), Martin Sabo (D-MN), David Price (D-NC), Jim Moran (D-VA), Barney Frank (D-MA), Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Chris Shays (R-CT), Mike Rogers (R-AL), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Sam Graves (R-MO), Judy Biggert (R-IL), John Kline (R-MN), Earl Blumenaur (D-OR), Lane Evans (D-IL), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Stephanie Herseth (D-SD), Jeb Bradley (R-NH), and Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI).

The members of Congress who signed onto this letter deserve the highest accolades for their unwavering support of motorcycle safety. The outcome of the bill is difficult to predict with a full legislative load on the schedule during the short post election session of Congress. Skeptics will maintain that the bill is still too mired with problems to pass the conference committee this year. Nevertheless, the MRF wants to travel down every possible route to maintain the inclusion of the motorcycle safety language.

Perhaps we will be doing this over with the new Congress. That, however, remains to be seen. Should it be necessary, the MRF is ready to navigate through the process once again. Thank you to every state motorcycle rights organization who helped bring their respective members of Congress on board. The MRF will keep you informed on the status of the motorcycle safety language in the highway bill as well as the condition of the bill as a whole.


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