Saturday, February 7, 2009

South Carolina Senator DeMint wants to ban funding for bicycle projects

According to Bike Portland, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint has offered an amendment to the economic stimulus package to ban all fund for bicycle projects. This is the full text of the amendment: "Prohibition on use of funds for trails and off-road vehicle routes. None of the funds made available under this Act shall be used for bicycle, walking, or wildnerness trails, or off-road vehicle routes."

Congressman Blumenauer responded: "Republican amendments and assertions that the creation of hike and bike trails in the recovery plan will not create jobs or stimulate the economy shows us just short-sighted and out of touch they are."

You can write to your Virginia senators to urge them to vote against the amendment.

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