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09LR02 – MRF Leaders Report – January 2009

January 22, 2009 by  


The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to encourage its members, the motorcycling community and all concerned Americans to join us in support of Ray LaHood, the designated nominee for Secretary of Transportation.  We ask that you join us in our efforts of supporting this nomination by calling your own United States Senator and ask them to vote YES to confirm the nomination of Mr. LaHood.

Ray LaHood served in the Congress from 1995 until 2008 as the representative from the 18th District of Illinois.  His record on motorcycle issues during his tenure was outstanding.  ABATE of Illinois considered him to be one of their best friends and allies in Congress.  He has even been named a MRF Champion of Motorcycle Rights & Safety in the past.

He has consistently supported legislation that would close the HIPAA insurance discrimination loophole that could deny motorcyclists insurance payments.  He stood fast against efforts that would punish states for keeping helmet use voluntary.  While serving on the House Committee of Transportation and Infrastructure, he was key in seeing that language allowing motorcycle access to all highways that were constructed or maintained using federal funds was included in the interstate funding act.

When calling you Senators it may be worth mentioning that Ray LaHood:
* Consistently worked in a bi-partisan manner while serving in congress.
* Is respected for his fairness by Democrats and Republicans alike.
* Is well versed on transportation issues (having served on the Transportation and Infrastructure committee during the authorization of TEA21).
* Has good relations with both organized labor and the business community.
* Having served a diverse congressional district, Mr. LaHood understand the transportation concerns of Americans living in urban, sub-urban, small and medium sized town and rural areas.

Please call (or e-mail) your United States Senators today and ask them to confirm Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation.  A vote on his confirmation by the Senate will imminent in the coming days following his confirmation hearing today with Commerce Committee.

You can find Senate contact information on the web at: or
by calling (202) 224-3121.

Ride With The LeadersTM by joining the MRF at or call 1-202-546-0983

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(c)All Information contained in this release is copyrighted. Reproduction permitted with attribution. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, incorporated in 1987, is a membership-based, national motorcyclists’ rights organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The first motorcyclists’ rights organization to establish a full-time presence in Washington, DC, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted exclusively to the street rider. The MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause of rider safety and rider freedom.

The MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists’ rights organizations and the very founders of the American riders’ rights movement among its leading members. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, motorcycling safety education, training, and public awareness. The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists’ rights organizations with direction and information, and sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists rights activists, as well as publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.



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