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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF
Vice-President of Government Relations
URGENT CALL TO ACTION
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation issues urgent call to action.
Washington DC July 25rd 2007 10:54 PM
US House of Representatives passes transportation appropriations bill (HR
3074) by a vote of 268-153, with no restrictions on any motorcycle funding
the Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports.
The US House passed the
much needed transportation, housing and related
agencies funding bill late Tuesday night without provisions eliminating
funding for what is known as the Section 2010 motorcycle safety funds.
The day before debate began
on this bill it became known to the MRF that
Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) was going to propose an amendment
that would have zeroed the funding for fiscal year 08 on the motor cycle
safety grants. The same grants that were welcomed by 44 states in fiscal
year 07. This amendment would have saved the taxpayers a paltry six
After hearing from hundreds
of motorcyclists, some intense political
advice, and a healthy amount of careful consideration Mr. Hensarling
decided not to introduce the amendment. Hensarling was faced with the
choice of potentially saving a few thousand lives or saving the taxpayers
a few dollars. In the MRF’s view he made the correct choice.
The section 2010 motorcycle
safety specific funds that the MRF and its
supporting organizations worked so hard to have included in the last
highway bill (PL 109-59) remain intact and the popular grant program
continues to be a success.
To put things in fiscal
perspective, the motorcycle safety grant program
accounts for about one half of one one thousandth of this entire spending
package. “In other words, the motorcyclists are asking for chump change
in the grand scheme of this legislation” Said Jeff Hennie, MRF vice
president of government relations.
“What a great example
of how motorcyclists get things done in Washington
DC” Hennie continued. “Every motorcyclist who phoned in to their federal
representative earned and deserves the freedoms that we all enjoy”.
The $104.4 billion dollar
spending measure is now slated to be debated in
the Senate, where no anti motorcyclists provisions are expected, and then
on to the White House for final signature under a potential veto threat.
The MRF thanks all of its members and supporters and will continue to keep
you up to speed on all happenings in your nation’s capitol of Washington
As for the remainder of
Mr. Hensarling’s proposed amendments? They all
failed on the House floor. Maybe there is hope for wisdom in Washington
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in 1987, is a membership-based, national motorcyclists' rights
organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The first motorcyclists'
rights organization to establish a full-time presence in Washington, DC,
the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted
exclusively to the street rider. The MRF established MRFPAC in the early
1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause
of rider safety and rider freedom.
The MRF proudly claims state
motorcyclists' rights organizations and the
very founders of the American riders' rights movement among its leading
members. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and
regulations, motorcycling safety education, training, and public
awareness. The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists' rights
organizations with direction and information, and sponsors annual regional
and national educational seminars for motorcyclists rights activists, as
well as publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.