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    US governement reducing cycling fund...

    http://www.bicycleretailer.com/bicyc..._id=1000921060

    It kinda figures they are leaving highways funding alone, but reducing the cycling aspect.
    Is a coincidence they also reduced Air Quality funding?
    I guess Halliburton has no profit to make off bikes and clean air.
    Funny how they manage to push these things through so fast while no one is looking.
    Tim...gets worried when Government does anything quickly.
    Yes I'm a smooth rider. Bowling ball falling down the stairs smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotr no more
    http://www.bicycleretailer.com/bicyc..._id=1000921060

    It kinda figures they are leaving highways funding alone, but reducing the cycling aspect.
    Is a coincidence they also reduced Air Quality funding?
    I guess Halliburton has no profit to make off bikes and clean air.
    Funny how they manage to push these things through so fast while no one is looking.
    Tim...gets worried when Government does anything quickly.
    The vote is scheduled for this evening, so there is still time to contact your senators. Locate yours here: http://www.nrdcaction.org/legdirectory/index.asp?step=7.

    More information about the ammendment can be found here: http://www.nrdcaction.org/action/ind...p=2&item=52763

    Please take 5 minutes out of your day to help the bicycling community.

    Thanks
    Mark

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    Upset Obviously no one interested...

    46 reads and one reply vs. 227 reads and 17 replies about passing hikers.
    If people would pay attention to what is going on in the White House, we may be able to ride on trails unencumbered with worrying about pedestrian traffic.
    Tim...sick of political apathy
    Yes I'm a smooth rider. Bowling ball falling down the stairs smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotr no more
    46 reads and one reply vs. 227 reads and 17 replies about passing hikers.
    If people would pay attention to what is going on in the White House, we may be able to ride on trails unencumbered with worrying about pedestrian traffic.
    Tim...sick of political apathy
    ROTR

    I hear what you are saying. It takes less than 5 minutes to call.

    C'mon people! Get off your saddles!

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    done

    email sent to Senator Sheila Kuehl (Los Angeles)

    thanks for the notice.

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    email sent to Senator Sheila Kuehl (Los Angeles)

    thanks for the notice.

    Jeff
    She's your California State Senator. You'll need to send an email to Feinstein and Boxer to have an effect on this issue.

    ... just sent mine.

    Senator Boxer
    Senator Feinstein

    ~Geoff (also from SoCal)
    Last edited by FTM; 05-16-2005 at 01:16 PM.

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    yeah...

    done & done'r

    thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by FTM
    She's your California State Senator. You'll need to send an email to Feinstein and Boxer to have an effect on this issue.

    ... just sent mine.

    Senator Boxer
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    ~Geoff (also from SoCal)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotr no more
    http://www.bicycleretailer.com/bicyc..._id=1000921060

    It kinda figures they are leaving highways funding alone, but reducing the cycling aspect.
    Is a coincidence they also reduced Air Quality funding?
    I guess Halliburton has no profit to make off bikes and clean air.
    Funny how they manage to push these things through so fast while no one is looking.
    Tim...gets worried when Government does anything quickly.
    Just emailed, know it isn't as good but can't call from work, both of the senators from my state - Indiana and sent it to other cyclists that I know.

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    Bump...

    The Senate is still discussing this today. It's not too late to contact your senators.

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    My email:


    Mr. Chambliss,

    I would like to request that you not support amendment 646. Americans now more than ever need options for exercise. This amendment would have a detrimental impact on our trails and sidewalks. Remember riding your bike on sidewalks/paths as a kid? It was fun then - It still is now. I am all for trimming the fat, just do not trim the fat from the budget to add it to some kid's belly.


    Also sent to Mr. Isakson
    100% behind everyone's right to do stupid sh!t and get hurt as long as they don't sue anyone.

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    cows

    Quote Originally Posted by FTM
    You'll need to send an email to Feinstein and Boxer to have an effect on this issue.
    Those two limosine liberals are about as worthless as teats on a bull. Boxer will stop at nothing to blindly blanket the state in wilderness to save it from the evils of developers and mountain bikes. I doubt either of them ever threw a leg over a Schwinn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotr no more
    http://www.bicycleretailer.com/bicyc..._id=1000921060

    It kinda figures they are leaving highways funding alone, but reducing the cycling aspect.
    Is a coincidence they also reduced Air Quality funding?
    I guess Halliburton has no profit to make off bikes and clean air.
    Funny how they manage to push these things through so fast while no one is looking.
    Tim...gets worried when Government does anything quickly.
    Emails sent to Feinstein and Boxer
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.D.
    Those two limosine liberals are about as worthless as teats on a bull. Boxer will stop at nothing to blindly blanket the state in wilderness to save it from the evils of developers and mountain bikes. I doubt either of them ever threw a leg over a Schwinn.
    J.D.

    So, did you call or email your new senators asking them to vote against S. 646?

    Mark

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    Pay attention to the White House?

    Quote Originally Posted by rotr no more
    46 reads and one reply vs. 227 reads and 17 replies about passing hikers.
    If people would pay attention to what is going on in the White House, we may be able to ride on trails unencumbered with worrying about pedestrian traffic.
    Maybe, there are less US people on this forums than you think.
    And I hope I am right, if I am not, the apathy is growing rapidly in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperClydesdale
    J.D.

    So, did you call or email your new senators asking them to vote against S. 646?

    Mark
    email of course

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    done

    Not much point in sending to Kyl the party sock puppet (tho I did) and McCain
    This is just need to know information: Am i supposed to enjoy the irony or pity the sincerity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.D.
    email of course
    J.D.

    Thanks. Sorry I missed you in Fruita.

    Mark

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    The Sessions ammendment was defeated

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    the roll call

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    It just goes to show you what happens...

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperClydesdale
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    the roll call

    Mark
    When people take the time to notice.
    Congrats to you all for taking the time to do something aobut this motion.
    And for those that looked, but did nothing, shame. Lucky for you your apathy was not copied by everyone.
    Tim
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    Quote Originally Posted by rotr no more
    When people take the time to notice.
    Congrats to you all for taking the time to do something aobut this motion.
    And for those that looked, but did nothing, shame. Lucky for you your apathy was not copied by everyone.
    Tim
    Tim,
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
    Glad it was soundly defeated.
    ~Geoff

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    The initial article was misleading

    I am curious as to how cycling took a hit when this bill is still very much in play. It made is sound as if the initial proposed amount was set in stone and someone came along and cut it. This is only the Senate version of the bill and was in the middle of negotiation. The House version was passed with a differing amount and I believe it still has to go to conference committee where a compromise has to be hammered out between the House and Senate.

    I am not sure how I feel about the bill, but the Bicycle Retailer article was not exactly a complete representation of what was going on and I surely take any info from the NRDC with a grain of salt as their point of view is coming from the extreme left, which is just as bad as things that come from the extreme right.
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    Got the usual form style response from Sen. Boxer.

    Thank you for contacting me regarding reauthorization of the
    Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
    Reauthorization of TEA-21 will provide funding for highway and transit
    programs as well as alternative forms of transportation. These funds will
    not only improve our national transportation infrastructure but will help
    stimulate the economy by creating and maintaining jobs.
    As you may know, Congress has passed legislation extending TEA-21
    until May 31, 2005, allowing states to continue to receive federal highway
    funding until long-term reauthorization legislation is passed.
    In 2004, the Senate passed a TEA-21 reauthorization bill that provided
    $318 billion in transportation funding over six years. Unfortunately, the
    Bush Administration and the House of Representatives refused to agree to
    this level of funding, which is necessary to meet California's
    transportation needs. As a member of the Senate Environment and Public
    Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over transportation and
    infrastructure issues, I will keep working to ensure that a bill is
    developed and passed in which California is fairly represented.
    I appreciate hearing your views on this important legislation. Please
    do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this and other issues
    that concern you.
    Hrmmmm, okay. Nice information there, but it doesn't address the questions being raised.
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    Got some results and some good news from Feinstein.

    Got this just a little while ago in the email box:
    Thank you for writing to me to express your opposition to Senator Session's (R-AL) amendment to the Transportation Bill that would reduce spending on important clean air and transit programs. I always appreciate hearing from constituents on important transportation issues and welcome the opportunity to respond.

    The Sessions amendment would cut $10.7 billion from the Transportation Bill, removing funds from transit formula grants and research, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program and the transportation enhancements program. The Sessions amendment would add language that would that would reduce funding from an already under-funded Transportation Bill. I believe that California does not receive its adequate share of Federal transportation dollars. Currently, California gets 90.5 cents for every dollar that it gives to the national highway transit fund. I believe it is essential that California receives adequate funding to meet its transportation needs. For these reasons, I voted in opposition to this amendment.

    You will be pleased to know that the Sessions amendment was rejected by the Senate by a vote of 16-84. The House of Representatives passed the "Transportation Equity Act of 2005" (H.R. 3) in March. The Senate recently finished debate and agreed to final passage of its version of the Transportation Bill (S. 732). The House and Senate versions of the legislation will now have to be reconciled and I am hopeful that once that process is completed, we can send a bill to the President for his signature.

    Again, thank you for contacting me. If you have any additional comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C.
    staff at (202) 224-3841.
    I feel this is good news. But in opinion, it's only a small victory in a larger battle, but still a good victory none the less.
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