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For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations

July 11, 2008

Senator Letourneau To Represent MRF at Congressional Hearing

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that a hearing will be held by the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. It will be conducted in the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon - who is a good friend of motorcyclists - chairs that sub-committee. The tile of the hearing is, "Improving Highway Safety Assessing the Effectiveness of NHTSA's Highway Safety Programs." At issue will be the rising number of motorcycle fatalities. The hearing will be held at 10AM on July 16th in room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC.

This is a rather routine hearing for the subcommittee. A hearing of this type is typically held once every two year session of Congress to gather information on what the agency side of Washington is up to. The hearing was not called specifically to examine motorcycle safety but it will be a key point of the hearing. At this time, the hearing will not address any specific legislation nor will any legislation be voted on or even considered.

Panelists will include the Advocates for Highway Safety, a group funded almost exclusively by big insurance companies. As a wing of the insurance industry, they are always trying to increase their profits under the guise of safety. It's a thinly veiled attempt to save insurance providers from having to pay out on a claim. Less fatalities on the highways is certainly a good thing, however, the insurance companies don't want to save lives as much as they want to save money.

The MRF was contacted by the subcommittee to provide a witness who could speak to motorcycle safety from another point of view. The committee staff requested that Washington based lobbyists not testify at the hearing - thus excluding MRF Vice President of Government Relations Jeff Hennie from direct participation.

The MRF is proud to say that New Hampshire State Senator Robert Letourneau will be representing the motorcyclists on the panel. Senator Letourneau is a member of the state Motorcycle Rider Education Advisory Board and the Governor's Motorcycle Safety Task Force. Letourneau is Chairman of the New Hampshire Civil War Memorial Commission as well as a motorcyclist for the past 41 years. Letourneau also recently completed an experienced rider education course so he practices what he preaches. Senator Letourneau is a stalwart of the rights movement.

The MRF invites you to attend the hearing if you live in the DC metro area or are up for a ride to DC. Should you wish to attend the July 16th hearing in 2167 of the Rayburn building please let us know. Email or call 202-546-0983 and let us know you will be coming. We hope to hear from you. While this subcommittee is friendly towards motorcyclists, it's always good to have a few bikers in the room.

For more information on the hearing and the sub-committee members, you can visit them on the internet at

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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
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organizations with direction and information, and sponsors annual regional
and national educational seminars for motorcyclists rights activists, as
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