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Earlier this week we thought the transportation conference was dead and we were headed for another extension.
Over the last two days, Senate and House leadership decided to push for a bill by June 30, directing the Transportation Conference Committee to go into serious negotiations for a final bill. Top on their agenda: working out an agreement on bike/ped funding.
Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison sits on the Conference Committee, and has been a key supporter of biking and walking in the past. She needs to hear from you to continue pushing for the initiatives that make Texas safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
Can you call Senator Hutchison’s Office right now?
Washington, DC: 202-224-5922 | Abilene: 325-676-2839 | Austin: 512-916-5834
Dallas: 214-361-3500 | Houston: 713-653-3456 | San Antonio: 210-340-2885
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Your ask: Will the Senator work to maintain the Cardin-Cochran agreement and ensure that Transportation Alternatives does not allow states to opt-out of local control over local transportation projects, including biking and walking improvements?
We’ve shown that 83% of Americans support maintaining or increasing federal funding for biking and walking.
We’ve demonstrated that biking and walking projects effectively create more jobs with fewer federal dollars than other transportation projects.
Your support has been critical to getting to where we are now: down to the wire and still with the possibility to save biking and walking.
Personal emails and phone calls have a huge impact – much more so than form letters. Your phone call and email to Senator Hutchison should:
As America Bikes reported today, the impending June 30 deadline means that Conferees will have to finish their report by Wednesday next week. Once a conference report is written it is impossible to change it. Congress can only vote yes or no on a conference report — there is no amendment process. Its almost impossible for a transportation bill to get voted down at that stage. The final chance for public input is right now.
Please Contact Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison ASAP
Representatives Eddie-Bernice Johnson (Dallas) and Ralph Hall (Rockwall) also sit on the conference committee. If you live in either of those districts please contact them as well. If we know you are a constituent we will send a second email shortly.
Thank you for taking the time to stand up for bicycling and walking in Texas.