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Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice-President of Government Relations
jeff@mrf.org (e-mail)

May 15, 2006


The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports the United States House of Representatives will hold a legislative hearing on HR 2048, the "Right to Repair Act". The hearing will be held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2123 at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 17th 2006 and is open to the public.

This legislation is important to all motorcyclists who want the right to choose where to have their motorcycle repaired. HR 2048 would make the same computer diagnostic information, tools and training available to the owners of every type of vehicle including motorcycles that currently is only afforded to those under the dealership umbrella. The deliberate withholding of pertinent information compels independent repair facilities to turn business away forcing vehicle owners to return to the dealership when any kind of computer diagnostics is necessary.

The MRF believes every American has the right to choose who performs the diagnostics on their motorcycle or automobile. Furthermore, consumers should have the right to choose where, how and who will ultimately repair their vehicles and also have the right to do the necessary work themselves. Automakers should not be making service decisions for consumers.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation needs your help to move this legislation through the House committee. Please take a look at the list of Representatives currently sitting on the subcommittee. These members will be hearing HR 2048 on this Wednesday, May 17th and are NOT already supporting the bill. If your state is listed below, call your Representative's office as soon as you can. The key to the bill's success is hearing that their constituents at home support HR2048.

If your state is shown below, call your member of Congress and tell them the following:

1. Identify yourself as a resident of the state of __________
2. Let them know you are calling on behalf of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation
3. Tell them you support HR 2048, the motor vehicle "Right to Repair Act"
4. Ask them to co sponsor HR 2048
5. Tell them HR 2048 is being heard Wednesday, the 17th in the Energy and Commerce committee and you would like the congressperson to support it.
6. Ask them to vote for the bill
7. Let them know that this will be scored as a "key vote" by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

Rep. Jim Davis (D-FL) Tampa, St. Petersburg area.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3376 Washington Fax: 202-225-5652 Tampa Phone: 813-354-9217

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) Ocala, Gainesville, Orange Park area.
Washington Phone: 202-225-5744 Washington Fax: 202-225-3973 Ocala Phone: 352-351-8777

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) Lancaster, Unionville, Kennett Square area.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2411 Washington Fax: 202-225-2013 Lancaster Phone: 717-393-0667

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) Westmoreland, Pittsburgh area.
Washington Phone: 202-225-2301 Washington Fax: 202-225-1844 Pittsburgh Phone: 412-344-5583

Rep. Mike ROSS (D-AR) Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, Prescott area.
Washington Phone: 202-225-3773 Washington Fax: 202-225-1314 Pine Bluff Phone: 870-536-3376

Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX) San Antonio area Washington Phone 202-225-3236 Washington Fax 202-225-1915 San Antonio Phone 210-472-6195

OHIO Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Akron, Loraine area.
Washington Phone 202-225-3401 Washington Fax 202-225-2266 Akron Phone 330-865-8450

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) Bend, Medford, Hood River area.
Washington Phone: 202-225-6730 Washington Fax: 202-225-5774 Bend Phone: 541-389-4408

Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) At-Large
Washington Phone: 202-225-2311 Washington Fax: 202-225-3057
Casper: 307-261-6595

Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Memphis and Franklin area Washington Phone: 202-225-2811 Washington Fax: 202-225-3004 Memphis Phone: 901-382-5811

Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) Warren area
Washington Phone: 202-225-5361 Washington Fax: 202-225-9460 Warren Phone: 908-757-7835

Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) Concord, Nashua, Keene, Littleton, Peterborough area Washington Phone: 202-225-5206 Washington Fax: 202-225-2946 Concord Phone: 603-226-0259

Rep Lee Terry (R-NE) Omaha area
Washington Phone: 202-225-4155 Washington Fax: 202-225-5452 Omaha Phone: 402-397-9944

Rep Butch Otter (R-ID) Boise, Coeur d?Alene, Lewiston, Star area Washington Phone: 202-225-6611 Washington Fax: 202-225-3029 Boise Phone: 208-336-9831

Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA) Palm Springs
Washington Phone 202-225-5330 Washington Fax: 202-225-2961 Palm Springs Phone: 760-320-1076


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