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13NR26 - MRF News Release - Congress Takes a Break, You Should Take Advantage.

30 July, 2013

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

Congress Takes a Break, You Should Take Advantage.

The United States Congress is taking its traditional August recess. In keeping with a very old school tradition, Congress will be vacating D.C. for the longest, hottest month. Back in the day, before modern air conditioning, Congress would leave D.C. for the month because it was too miserable, DC being a literally, a swamp. When the idea for a national capitol came about, no State wanted to use valuable farmland so Virginia and Maryland kindly donated the cesspool that was the headwaters of the Potomac River. The land was donated because it was deemed worthless. The August break was well deserved because the Members of Congress rarely traveled home during session. Most opted to stay in D.C. boarding houses rather than take the long stagecoach ride to their home state.

Currently, the recess begins August 5th and runs through September 6th. Most of the Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate will be spending significant time in their home state offices. The MRF encourages you to schedule a brief meeting or go to a town hall and meet with your federal elected officials. There are many important issues that need your time and attention.

The most important issue is the Motorcycle Only Roadside Checkpoint elimination bill. HR 1861 is a bill before the US House of Representatives. This bill would end the future funding of any motorcycle only roadside checkpoints from the Federal government. It is crucial that we obtain a large number of cosponsors on this legislation to move this bill forward.

Please set aside some time to meet with your Federal elected officials this August. Should you need any help setting up meetings or for more information do not hesitate to contact the MRF at 202-546-0983 or

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