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Bikers' Rights: Motorcyclists' Voices Halt Hensarling Amendment!

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Motorcyclists' Voices Halt Hensarling Amendment!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice-President of Government Relations
jeff@mrf.org (e-mail)

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 motorcycle 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 million dollars.

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 DC.

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 after all.

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