Representative Michael Burgess Joined by Representative Tim Griffin as Co-Chair
IRVINE, CA – May 10, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Congressional Motorcycle Caucus Co-chairs, Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Tim Griffin (R-AR) today announced that the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus (CMC) has been officially registered for the 113th Congress. At the start of each Congress all official caucuses must be reestablished and recognized formally by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The CMC is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress committed to advancing motorcycling and improving the safety of motorcyclists. This is the fourth consecutive Congressional session that the CMC has been formed.
“We are excited to reregister the Motorcycle Caucus for the 113th Congress,” Burgess said. “Having been the Caucus’ chair previously, I am glad that we can once again provide a platform and a voice for motorcycle enthusiasts here in Washington. Also, I am pleased that Congressman Tim Griffin has decided to become Co-Chair; he along with the other Congressional Members will be able to provide valuable insight as we seek to develop and implement the Caucus’ agenda.”
“I look forward to growing the Motorcycle Caucus as the voice in Congress for America’s more than 25 million motorcyclists,” Griffin said. “As a rider, I recognize that there are many important issues affecting us, such as unreasonable limits on trail riding areas, the need for additional safety awareness, and ethanol mandates that harm motorcycle engines.”
Caucus Member and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Vice Chairman, John Duncan said, “Motorcycling is important to my District and to me personally. I look forward to continuing to work with the Co-Chairs and other members to highlight the need for motorcycle safety and to promote the use of motorcycles and scooters as fun, fuel efficient transportation options for many Americans.”
MIC’s Director of Federal Affairs, Duane Taylor noted, “Motorcyclists continue to have strong support in Congress, and the Caucus Co-Chairs and members will provide all riders a powerful voice as transportation policy continues to evolve. Everyone who rides owes a debt of gratitude to the Caucus members as they advocate for our safety and ensure that motorcycles are considered by Congress in hearings, on the House floor and in legislation.”
He continued, “I encourage all riders to get in contact with and urge their Member of Congress to join the Motorcycle Caucus. While we currently have strong support, riders can only benefit from having more Members formally associate themselves with motorcycling and motorcycle safety.”
The Motorcycle Caucus has actively highlighted motorcycling by passing Congressional Resolutions supporting the goals of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, hosting a Capitol Hill event attended by the Secretary of Transportation, drawing attention to Ride to Work Day and ensuring that motorcycle safety is remembered in the transportation reauthorization process.
The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. As a not-for-profit, MIC a national industry association seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment firms, media companies and consultants.
The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.