IMPORTANT! US Senate Vote! Your Voice Counts!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

There is still time to let your voice be heard! This vote affects horses, land and recreation across the country. Visit the Rails to Trails Concervancy website to learn more about this program. Phone calls to your State's U.S. Senators TODAY 9/16 TO OPPOSE THESE AMENDMENTS. Call your US State senators and tell them to vote against the Coburn/MCCain Amendments (2370 + 2371) to the Transportation -Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill.
Please forward this page to everyone you know and participate in your government. State that Trails are one way we can pursue economic development  through Tourism in  rural areas.  Horse trails are also part of our country's culture and heritage. These amendments would remove a major source of funds for trails. Just yesterday the Kentucky Horse Council received word that Senators Tom Coburn (Okla.) and John McCain (Ariz.) just issued amendments to the FY10 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. Their changes specifically attack funding for rail-trails, bicycling and walking. (Note from KY Horse Council, this same fund provides grants for horse trails.) Please take a minute right now to call your senator and ask him or her to vote against Amendments 2370 and 2371 to H.R. 3288.

Your voice is urgently needed. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on eliminating walking and biking funds today, September 16. Amendment 2370 would prohibit the use of federal funds for pedestrian or bicycle facilities, efforts to reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife, or other specified Transportation Enhancement (TE) projects if the Highway Trust Fund cannot cover unfunded highway authorizations.

Amendment 2371 would allow states to eliminate spending on TE, the nation's largest funding source for trails, walking and bicycling. Congress currently sets aside a portion of federal funds for TE to support these projects in all states.

This is truly an all-hands-on-deck moments. Please act now-call your senator and ask him or her to vote against the proposed amendments.

Thank you,
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037