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For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations

30 January, 2009

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports on the jurisdiction, agenda and member makeup of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

This Committee has many scopes of interest including waterways and marine affairs, postal buildings, and the US Capitol grounds and building, but most importantly to motorcyclists are the areas listed below.

1. Constructions or maintenance of roads and post roads;
2. Related transportation regulatory agencies (except the Transportation Security Administration);
3. Roads and the safety thereof; how does this differ from #1? Could be clearer.
4. Transportation, including civil aviation, railroads, water transportation, transportation safety (except automobile safety and transportation security functions of the Department of Homeland Security), transportation infrastructure, transportation labor, and railroad retirement and unemployment (except revenue measures related thereto).

Also of great importance is that this is the committee that will draft the next version of the highway bill. This is the bill that has fueled motorcycle safety funding, the creation of the Federal Highway Motorcycle Advisory Council and the NHTSA lobby ban. On the other side, this bill has also been used as a vehicle for mandatory state helmet laws by withholding highway construction funds where states did not have mandatory helmet laws in place.

The current (111th) Congress will begin to address this massive piece of legislation, and it is imperative that the Motorcycle Riders Foundation have the support of the State Motorcycle Rights Organizations and their members as we begin to work with the Congress. Below is a list of current committee members; should you see someone on this list from your state, expect to be contacted by the MRF as we move forward working with the Congress on creating a motorcyclist friendly highway bill.

James L. Oberstar, Minnesota, Chairman

* Nick J. Rahall, II, West Virginia
* Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon
* Jerry F. Costello, Illinois
* Eleanor Holmes Norton, District of Columbia
* Jerrold Nadler, New York
* Corrine Brown, Florida
* Bob Filner, California
* Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas
* Gene Taylor, Mississippi
* Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland
* Ellen O. Tauscher, California
* Leonard L. Boswell, Iowa
* Tim Holden, Pennsylvania
* Brian Baird, Washington
* Rick Larsen, Washington
* Michael E. Capuano, Massachusetts
* Timothy H. Bishop, New York
* Michael H. Michaud, Maine
* Russ Carnahan, Missouri
* Grace F. Napolitano, California
* Daniel Lipinski, Illinois
* Mazie K. Hirono, Hawaii
* Jason Altmire, Pennsylvania
* Timothy J. Walz, Minnesota
* Heath Shuler, North Carolina
* Michael A. Arcuri, New York
* Harry E. Mitchell, Arizona
* Christopher P. Carney, Pennsylvania
* John J. Hall, New York
* Steve Kagen, Wisconsin
* Steve Cohen, Tennessee
* Laura Richardson, California
* Albio Sires, New Jersey
* Donna F. Edwards, Maryland
* Solomon P. Ortiz, Texas
* Phil Hare, Illinois
* John A. Boccieri, Ohio
* Mark H. Schauer, Michigan
* Betsy Markey, Colorado
* Parker Griffith, Alabama
* Michael E. McMahon, New York
* Thomas S.P. Perriello, Virginia
* Dina Titus, Nevada
* Harry Teague, New Mexico


* John L. Mica, Florida, Ranking Republican Member
* Don Young, Alaska
* Thomas E. Petri, Wisconsin
* Howard Coble, North Carolina
* John J. Duncan, Jr., Tennessee
* Vernon J. Ehlers, Michigan
* Frank A. LoBiondo, New Jersey
* Jerry Moran, Kansas
* Gary G. Miller, California
* Henry E. Brown, South Carolina
* Timothy V. Johnson, Illinois
* Todd Russell Platts, Pennsylvania
* Sam Graves, Missouri
* Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania
* John Boozman, Arkansas
* Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
* Jim Gerlach, Pennsylvania
* Mario Diaz-Balart,Florida
* Charles W. Dent, Pennsylvania
* Connie Mack, Florida
* Lynn A. Westmoreland, Georgia
* Jean Schmidt, Ohio
* Candice S. Miller, Michigan
* Mary Fallin, Oklahoma
* Vern Buchanan, Florida
* Robert E. Latta, Ohio
* Brett Guthrie, Kentucky
* Anh "Joseph" Cao, Louisiana
* Aaron Schock, Illinois
* Pete Olson, Tex


In a previous release Steve Garets was incorrectly identified as a faculty member of the University of Oregon. Garets is a staff member of Oregon State. Our apologies for confusing the OSU Beavers with the U of O Ducks.

In the same release the NHTSA quarterly meeting was summarized. In that summary was a list of meeting attendees. Mistakenly left off that list was ASMI or Accident Scene Management Inc., who has been sending a representative to the quarterly motorcycle safety meeting. To learn more about them visit


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