UPDATE: Appropriations bill creates opportunity to influence lead-related ban of youth off-highway vehicles Take Action! Contact Your Representative Today! On June 23, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee held a mark-up on the proposed fiscal year 2012 Financial Services Appropriations bill. Contained in that bill is language championed by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) that would block the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from implementing the overly restrictive lead-content provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 in regards to off-highway vehicles (OHVs). The Committee approved the bill to move to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for final passage.
The language, found in Section 630 of the bill, provides an opportunity for Congress to address how the CPSIA has created a severe and unwarranted disruption to families who recreate together responsibly, and a deleterious effect on youth amateur racing. During the mark-up, Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), amended the section to include bicycles, as well.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) applauds the members of the Committee for approving the appropriations measure with the Rehberg language included. The measure now heads to a vote on the House floor. To date, House Leadership has not provided a date for floor consideration. Be assured, the AMA will update this alert once a date is determined.
Therefore, the AMA needs your help to let your lawmakers know how important this provision is in saving youth-model OHVs. The quickest way to reach your Representative is to call them. You can find contact information for your elected officials by entering your zip code at AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Rights > Issues & Legislation. Additionally, a prewritten e-mail is available for you to immediately send to your lawmakers by following the “Take Action” option and entering your information.
For more information about ways you can help exclude youth-model motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA, click here.
Please contact your Representative immediately and urge them to support the Rehberg language found in Section 630 of fiscal year 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill!
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