Reps. Burgess, Griffin to head up Motorcycle Caucus

Publish Date: 
May 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Congressional Motorcycle Caucus (CMC) has been officially registered for the 113th U.S. Congress, according to an announcement from caucus co-chairs, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.).

This is the CMC's fourth congressional session. At the start of each Congress, all official caucuses must be re-established and recognized formally by the House of Representatives. The original caucus was co-chaired by Burgess and then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.

"...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."

-- Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.)

"It's wonderful to have Reps. Burgess and Griffin leading the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus," said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations, and a former U.S. senator and representative from Colorado. "The Congressional Motorcycle Caucus is made up of dedicated members of Congress who ensure that motorcyclists aren't forgotten on Capitol Hill. Reps. Burgess and Griffin have proven that they are true friends of motorcycling.

“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," Burgess said. "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's 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.”

“Motorcycling is important to my district and to me personally," said John Duncan (R-Tenn.), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee vice chairman and a member of the motorcycle caucus. "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.”

“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," noted Duane Taylor, director of federal affairs for the MIC. "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.

“I encourage all riders to get in contact with and urge their member of Congress to join the Motorcycle Caucus," Taylor continued. "While we currently have strong support, riders can only benefit from having more members formally associate themselves with motorcycling and motorcycle safety.” 

From AMA and MIC press releases. Posted by Mary Slepicka