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Funding For RTP On The Chopping Block Again!

November 03, 2015 5:46 PM

Back in July of this year, BRC, along with other user groups, asked for your help in fending off an attempt by the Senate to eliminate the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Well the fight is not over. Unfortunately another effort is under way by members of the House to eliminate this important trail funding. BRC has been contacted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) asking for your help to stop this move to eliminate the RTP. CRT has just learned that two amendments to HR 3763,

FUNDING FOR RTP ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK AGAIN!
Your help needed to save the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Back in July of this year, BRC, along with other user groups, asked for your help in fending off an attempt by the Senate to eliminate the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Well the fight is not over. Unfortunately another effort is under way by members of the House to eliminate this important trail funding.

BRC has been contacted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) asking for your help to stop this move to eliminate the RTP. CRT has just learned that two amendments to HR 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, have been filed that would specifically eliminate the RTP.  The first amendment -- #69 - was filed by Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA). The second -- #158 - was filed by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL).

Consideration of amendments by the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, November 3rd, and continue through Wednesday, November 4th. Time is short, the time for action is now. Your help is needed to defeat these amendments by contacting your Congressional Representative.

Please tell the Members of Congress to VOTE NO on the Carter and Yoho amendments. These amendments would destroy the RTP - the essential program that has served as the foundation of state trail programs all across the country for more than 20 years.

RTP is a user-pay/user-benefit program.  These amendments would take the federal gas taxes paid by non-highway recreationists away from the trails community and use them for other purposes. This is bad policy and it's wrong.

Contact your legislator NOW to tell him or her to VOTE NO on the Carter and Yoho amendments. To find and contact your Congressperson go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

Thanks,

Don Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition
brdon@sharetrails.org

The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is here. Federal employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. Join us at 1-800-BLUERIB - www.sharetrails.org
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