|The U.S. Senate has a chance to save the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) with help from your senators. Now is the time to call to urge support for the RTP!The Senate transportation bill, entitled “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century,” or MAP-21, contains a revision of current law that would essentially end the RTP. However, a bipartisan list of seven senators, led by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), have introduced an amendment to modify the revision and preserve the RTP.
Klobuchar amendment No. 1661, as it is commonly referred to, would re-establish dedicated funding for RTP and maintain the programs structure on state and federal levels. Some are under the mistaken impression that a different amendment offered by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) helps the RTP, but it does not.
Only the Klobuchar amendment No. 1661 can restore the RTP.
The RTP was created on a bipartisan basis in 1991 to provide funds to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Funds for the RTP come from taxes generated by fuel used for off-highway vehicle recreation — by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-highway light trucks.
The best way for the Klobuchar amendment No. 1661 to be accepted and passed is to ask your senators to speak to the leaders of MAP-21, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). These two senators must hear from their colleagues about how strongly you feel about saving the RTP.
If you are represented by Sens. Boxer or Inhofe, it is urgent that you call their offices and tell them now. The fate of RTP rests in their hands.
Please call your senators immediately and urge them to speak with Sens. Boxer and Inhofe about accepting and passing Klobuchar amendment No. 1661 to save the RTP. If your senators are either Sens. Boxer or Inhofe, tell them to move forward with Klobuchar amendment No. 1661.
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