The Action July 18,2003
Ask Members of the Appropriations Committee to vote to strike Sec. 114 of the FY 2004 Transportation Treasury Appropriations Bill that defunds Transportation Enhancements Activities.
As we all know, the Transportation & Treasury Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee passed legislation for FY 2004 that eliminates all funding for Transportation Enhancements (TE). This action occurred on Friday, July 11th. That bill is headed for "mark-up" by the full Appropriations Committee and a vote is expected late Monday afternoon, July 21. Although this timing could slip, it is our latest and best information.
At the Committee mark-up, we expect that an amendment will be offered to strike Sec. 114 - the offending provision that eliminates TE funding. Now that we have a clearer idea about process and timing, those of us whose Representatives sit on the Appropriations Committee can address a specific question to them: "Will you (please) vote to strike Sec. 114 of the Transportation Treasury Appropriations Bill?" That is the question. It will take courage to put it directly to your Congressional Representative and push for an answer. But now is the time to get firm commitments. Bless those of you who are willing to hang tough. Remember what Mr. Franklin said about "hanging?" "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
It is always possible that a substitute bill might be offered on Monday and Sec. 114 will have a different number. Do not be dissuaded; your member of Congress will know what section of any bill variant refers to Enhancements.
As background information I have reattached RTC president Keith Laughlin's letter to the Appropriations Committee along with a membership list.
After you have spoken with your Congressional office, please provide feedback to RTC's Manager of Trails Advocacy, Ken Rosenfeld, at email@example.com. We are in an information loop with our allies in Congress, and they are depending upon all of us for the recognizance that will guide their strategy. Your feedback will directly assist these efforts.
Let's go, and thank you.
Sr. Vice President of Programs
Co-Chair, Transportation Enhancements Coalition
<<Young-Obey.Letter.doc>> <<HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS.doc>>
Letter to Appropriations Committee and committee members
SPEAK UP FOR TRAILS AND GREENWAYS!!!
U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee voted on Friday, July 11, to zero
out all funding for the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program for the
fiscal year beginning October 1. The TE program is the largest federal source
of funding in support of trails, walking and bicycling. We cannot allow
this program to be eliminated.
Conservancy - and advocates like you - helped establish the TE program in 1991
and we will fight to oppose this unfounded Congressional action in the full
House Appropriations Committee and on the floor of the U.S. House, if
necessary. RTC President Keith Laughlin has written a letter to Congress
speaking out against this anti-trail measure and RTC staff and our partners
are generating support in Congress and raising awareness across the country.
need your help.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives need to hear how important
this program is to communities across the country. Call your Representative
contact your Representative, call the general switchboard at 202-224-3121 and
ask to be transferred to their office. Or, locate their direct phone number at
you do not know who your Representative is, click here and enter your zip code
under Find Your Representative: http://www.house.gov/
background information and to read RTC President Keith Laughlin's letter to
Congress, go to: http://www.railtrails.org/whatwedo/policy/tea21b.asp
us informed! Please e-mail RTC Advocacy Manager Ken Rosenfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org
and tell him which Congressional office you contacted and what you learned.
support RTC: http://railtrails.tranguard.com/