NHTSA Chief confirmed by U.S. Senate

NHTSA Chief confirmed by U.S. Senate
December 19, 2014

For Immediate Release

The United States Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In a late night Senate session, the confirmation was part of a large package of other non-controversial nominees. Mark Rosekind was nominated nearly a year after former NHTSA boss, David Strickland, stepped down. Rosekind was a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board member.
Rosekind, sleep scientist by training, has been on the NTSB’s board since 2010. Before that, he spent 13 years as the president of Alertness Solutions and also worked for NASA for several years. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called Rosekind a “leader ready-made for this critical responsibility,” adding it would be his job not only to hold automakers accountable, but “raise the bar on safety.” According to the NTSB website, Rosekind is a leading expert in human fatigue.
Rosekind has his work cut out for him; NHTSA has suffered amid harsh criticism that the agency has sat on the sidelines concerning recent auto part failure recall, such as the GM ignition switch and the Takata Corp airbag recall. A troubled website and a botched attempt to alert the public about the potentially fatal airbags have left NHTSA reeling. To put things in perspective, Joan Claybrok, a former NHTSA administrator, and hater of all things motorcycle, called the current state of affairs at the safety administration “a total meltdown, a royal embarrassment and calls into question the trustworthiness of the agency.” These are harsh words from a longtime and very loyal supporter of NHTSA.
Still pending is the Senate confirmation of Presidents Obama’s pick to head the National Transportation Safety Board, Christopher Hart.

MRF News Release 14NR34

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14NR34 – MRF News Release – Highway Funding Bill Clears Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1 August 2014

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs


Highway Funding Bill Clears Congress

 

The United States Congress has agreed on a temporary patch for the highway trust fund, reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. The Senate agreed to the House version of the temporary funding fix for the highway trust fund.

 

The fix came just hours before the United States Department of Transportation would have had to cut off payments for highway construction projects and mass transit programs. The quick fix will keep the trust fund solvent through mid May of 2015.

 

The final Senate vote ended a week of legislative ping ponging between the House and Senate. The Senate wanted to modify the legislation so it would expire in December of 2014, thus forcing a vote on a larger highway bill that would address the trust fund issues before the end of this year. The House defeated that legislation, sending its own version to be passed by the Senate, that will run through May and spends $10.8 billion.

 

The temporary patch kicks the larger issues into the next Congress to be sworn in next year.

 

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MRF Call to Action 14NR26

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14NR26 – URGENT Call to Action H.R. 4745

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7 June 2014

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs


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.

 

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14NR24 – Breaking News – IRS to scrap a proposed rule on 501(c) 4 groups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
22 May 2014

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs


Breaking News
IRS to scrap a proposed rule on 501(c) 4 groups

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has said it will abandon the current proposed rule that would impact the non-profit, social welfare groups, like the MRF.

The tax agency had proposed limiting “political activity” of the nonprofits 60 days before any election. The IRS never described exactly what “political activity” would entail. Some fears were that even simple meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs would be banned under the rule. The rule could have crippled what the MRF does on a daily basis.

The MRF opposed the rule and submitted comments to the agency. The IRS mentioned that they had received an enormous amount of public comment from both conservative and liberal organizations, all against the proposed rule.

The IRS is going to be writing a new set of proposals that will start over at square one.