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Transportation Appropriations Bill Coburn Amendment Goes Down in the Senate! Take Action!

September 17, 2009

Transportation Enhancements Saved for Now Thank you for your help this week in fighting Senator Coburn’s (R-OK) amendments to strip funding for Transportation Enhancements in the FY10 Transportation Appropriations Bill. We would like to take this opportunity to inform you that Senator Coburn withdrew one of his amendments (S. Amendment 2370), therefore it was not voted on.

The Senator’s other amendment (S.Amendment 2371), failed by a vote of 39-59. Had this amendment passed it would have eliminated the 10% set-aside for the Transportation Enhancement (TE) program, thereby effectively decimating federal funding for hundreds of trail projects, sidewalks, bicyclist education programs, bike rack on bus programs, and roadway improvements for bicyclists.

Your calls to let Senators know we are watching were tremendously helpful in holding back this latest attack on funding for non-motorized projects. However, we can be sure that this will not be the last time that Senator Coburn, and others will seek to cut, or even eliminate, funding for programs that are important to the non-motorized community such as TE.

Now is the time to thank the Senators who voting with us and to let those who voted against us know we disagree with their vote and we are paying attention. Please follow up with your Senators today.  Thanking them for standing up for you helps in the battles to come.

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  1. September 17, 2009 2:35 pm

    Thank you for your advocacy efforts! It is easy to speak up now and again, but Bicycle Sport Shop has been there day in, day out. This long term approach pays off and I for one appreciate your efforts!

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