Some Good News on RTP

March 13, 2012

We are excited to report that the Manager's Amendment to the Senate transportation bill, containing a modified version of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's amendment continuing the Recreational Trails Program essentially unchanged, was accepted this afternoon on the Senate floor. This is a wonderful achievement!

We are very grateful to Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN) and her eight co-sponsors -- Michael Bennet (D-CO), Scott Brown (R -MA), Richard Burr (R-NC), James Risch (R-ID), Bernard Sanders (D-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Mark Udall (D-CO).

Please be sure to let them know how much the snowmobile community appreciates their leadership and support. This amendment ensures that dedicated funding would remain in place for RTP should this bill become law. If that happens, it will be imperative that the trails community educate the Governors of the importance of RTP in their states. The "opt out" provision was a necessary compromise to secure the dedicated funding, but RTP we have come this far we are convinced that the Governors will not turn their backs on RTP.

There are still some steps ahead on this legislation. The full Senate has to act on the bill, and there is uncertainty on the direction the House will take. We will keep you updated as this moves forward. Remember, the current extension expires March 31st.

THANK YOU to all of you that contacted your Senators and delivered powerful messages of support for the RTP from all across the country. Congratulations on your efforts!! Keep up the good work!!

The American Council of Snowmobile Associations


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