05NR16 - Eighth Highway Bill Extension Passed

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Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice-President of Government Relations
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July 1, 2005

#05NR16 - Eighth Highway Bill Extension Passed

The US House of Representatives has passed a 19-day extension of current highway and transit programs, buying Congress more time to negotiate a conference report on a long-term highway reauthorization bill. This is the eighth time Congress has extended the 1998 surface transportation law since September 2003. This extension authorized funding for federal and state transportation departments and expires on July 19th, 2005. The Senate is expected to follow suit before the end of this week.

It appeared that the conference committee was moving forward after a deal was announced late last week in which they agreed on an overall spending level, a hurdle that last year’s conference committee failed to reach. The deal apparently did not satisfy everybody because on Monday of this week, it was announced the agreement was off. This type of setback is quickly becoming the rule and not the exception. Three weeks ago conference committee chairman Don Young (R-AK) announced that “there would be no more funding extensions”. It appears his colleagues did not agree.

The same issues from last year continue to stymie the sweeping transportation package, the overall price tag and the guaranteed rate of return to so called donor states. States that pay more into the highway trust fund are fighting to get a minimum of 92% of what they currently pay into the trust fund. The White House is complicating discussions by threatening to veto any bill that spends more than $284 billion.

Recess is here. Do not forget to contact your federal elected officials to inquire if and when they will be holding any public forums while at home over the Fourth of July recess period beginning Friday, July 1, 2005. Keep the pressure on to get the Highway bill done.

The MRF will continue to keep you informed on the status of the Highway bill and all other federal legislation that affects motorcyclists.


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