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11NR07 - MRF News Release - Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Standout Supporter of Motorcyclists

16 February 2011

Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Standout Supporter of Motorcyclists

United States Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI) has always been a staunch supporter of motorcyclists and this week, he once again went above and beyond the average member of congress.  

Sensenbrenner penned a letter to the USDOT last year asking for some clarification on the agency's plan to fund motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. When the USDOT funded a program in Georgia to the tune of $70,000 before responding to Mr Sensenbrenner’s letter, it ruffled his feathers, so to speak. 

The Republican from Wisconsin took another tack and decided to try to defund the program entirely. Sensenbrenner introduced an amendment that would strip all funding for the controversial program. The amendment would make it illegal for the US DOT to use any money to conduct checkpoints or any program to check for helmet useage. 

However, the amendment is one of 600 introduced to this particular bill and may not see the light of day. We commend Mr. Sensenbrenner for his defense of motorcyclists and fully understand that the amendment may not receive a vote. We at the Motorcycle Riders Foundation stand by, ready to assist Mr. Sensenbrenner in any way we can.  

The MRF will keep you informed on this issue as details develop. 

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