05NR06 - US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Passes Remainder of Highway Bill

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Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President - Government Relations
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April 14, 2005

#05NR06 - US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Passes Remainder of Highway Bill

The United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation cleared the third and final portion of the Highway bill Thursday, April 14. The twenty-two member panel approved the legislation by voice vote. No amendments were offered.

Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), who chairs the committee showed his dedication to motorcyclists by including language in the measure that would make grants available to the individual states to be used solely for motorcycle safety training and awareness campaigns. This grant money will be available specifically for motorcycle training and awareness campaigns. This is the language initiated by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to thank all of the State Motorcycle Rights Organizations (SMRO’s) members who have traveled to DC to lobby this issue and those who wrote letters and made phone calls over the past three years. Without the support of the SMRO’s this would not have been possible. The MRF would also like to extend a special thank you to Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and her staff for serving as the lead sponsor of the motorcycle safety language. Senator Murkowski has been a tremendous supporter of motorcyclists and without her leadership it is highly unlikely that the motorcycle safety program language would have included. The MRF would also like to thank goes out to ABATE of Alaska whose relationships with their elected officials have made a profound difference.

The MRF’s motorcycle safety language is now included in both the House (H.R. 3) the Senate (S. 732) versions of the Highway bill. The House introduced and passed HR 3 version of the legislation earlier this month. The Senate will be bringing S. 732 onto the Senate floor sometime soon. Once passed off the floor both chambers will name members to a Conference Committee that will then facilitate the differences between both House and Senate versions.

Call To Action
At this time US Senate has not scheduled floor time for debate on the highway bill. Senate leadership is indicating that floor time might be available beginning April 19th.
Time is running out and other legislation is beginning to mount.
The MRF is requesting that you to ask your Senators to bring the bill (S. 732) to the Senate Floor.

The easiest way to let them know your concerns is to call the Capitol at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators' offices. Ask your Senators to speak to Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and press for immediate consideration of S. 732, other wise known as the SAFETEA bill. Without pressure to bring the bill up for consideration, the future of the Highway bill and the motorcycle safety language is in serious jeopardy. Please help make motorcycle history and call your senators now.


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