Gone. Done. Thanks!
That is the short and sweet of it.
In 1998, the bikers of this nation wrapped up a two-year lobbying effort with the signing of the TEA 21 (Intermodal Surface Transportation Equity Act reauthorization bill which became Transportation Equity Act for the Twenty First Century). In this bill was the work of the collective "we". A ban on NHTSA lobbying states to enact laws. The prohibition of motorcycle bans on highways and roads that use federal monies. A change in NHTSA's mission statement to include "accident PREVENTION". Also, the inclusion of motorcycles in the development of the Intelligent Transportation System.
Each time some of this hard-gained ground has been threatened, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has rallied constitutionally-minded motorcyclists to contact their legislators.
HR 4745 Walberg Amendment Passes
On June 9th the United States House of Representatives agreed on the Walberg Amendment to the 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill by voice vote on the House floor, reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.
The Amendment offered by Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) along with Mr. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Mr. Ribble (R-WI), eliminates a provision in the 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations act that would have allowed the Secretary of Transportation to discuss motorcycle safety initiatives with state legislators.
In 1998 Congress passed a law that made it illegal for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to lobby state legislatures. Prior to 1998, according to the Government Accountability Office, NHTSA had spent tens of thousands of dollars traveling to states whenever a state debated changing their own state helmet law. Seeing this as a waste of taxpayer money, the congress prohibited anyone from NHTSA to lobby states uninvited.
URGENT Call to Action H.R. 4745
On Monday, June 9th the United States House of Representatives will vote on a measure that could be detrimental to motorcyclists. H.R. 4745 is an Appropriations bill, that contains language in section 102, that would allow the Secretary of Transportation or his designee to lobby states to consider proposals to reduce motorcycle fatalities.
Section 102 of H.R. 4745 contains this language and Congressman Walberg (MI) and Congressman Sensenbrenner (WI) have an amendment filed that would strike this language. Call your Congressman and ask that they support the Walberg/Sensenbrenner amendment to strike section 102 from H.R. 4745.
Legislative business begins at 2:00 pm on June 9th, with votes scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm. H.R. 4745 will be voted on sometime on June 9th. We have to call every congressman repeatedly on this Monday June 9, 2014.
You can find who your representative is here: www.house.gov/representative/find You can find a full list of United States House of Representatives and their phone numbers at www.house.gov/representatives
You can also use the Capitol Switchboard: 202 224 3121
This is an urgent and important phone call. Please answer the call to action.
2014 Memorial Day
On Memorial Day we commemorate the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military, fighting for our freedom. They did not live long enough to experience the privileges that we enjoy. Our success stands firmly on the shoulders of their sacrifice. We at the Motorcycle Riders Foundation wish you and your family a great Memorial Day weekend and say Thank You to all who have served this great country.