U.S. House and Senate conferees have been busy for the past two weeks trying to finalize a version of the highway bill that will go to the President.
The provision that allows states to convert existing interstates into toll roads is still alive.
OOIDA is asking members to fax, write e-mail and call their elected officials and urge them to reject provisions in Section 1609 of the Senate bill that allow states to begin collecting tolls on existing interstate highways.
OOIDA opposes all new highway tolls except those proposed in Section 1603 of the House bill. The tolls provided for in Section 1603 are acceptable to OOIDA members because they are voluntary, may only be used to fund the construction of new highway lanes and expire after paying for the construction of those new lanes. Therefore, OOIDA opposes Sections 1604. "TOLL FEASIBILITY" and 1605, "USE OF EXCESS FUNDS" of the House bill and opposes Section 1609 of the Senate Bill entitled "Toll programs."
These are the lawmakers that need to be contacted in the U.S. Senate: (Click Here...)
These are the lawmakers that need to be contacted in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Note: each Congressman listed here voted against the Kennedy amendment (presumably because they support tolling existing interstate highways) when the House voted on their version of the highway bill. These folks really need to hear from the folks back home: (Click Here...)
Sample letter and contact information
The following is a sample message you can use to contact your representatives: (Click Here...)
Call and write your U.S. elected officials at their Washington and/or local offices as soon as possible.
There is one other golden opportunity you may have to communicate with your elected officials. Congress will break for the Independence Day holiday late on June 24. Most all lawmakers will be in their home districts until July 6. Many will be making campaign appearances with the public. This is an election year. To find out where your officials will be appearing simply call a local office and ask. This is a great opportunity to make sure your lawmaker knows how important this is to you. Take advantage of it.
You won this issue when it came up in the House just a few months ago and you can do it again now with the conference committee. Sick 'em.
If you are not sure who your lawmakers are, simply phone the OOIDA Membership Department, and they'll look up the information for you. The toll-free number is 1-800-444-5791. If you know who they are but don't have contact information, you can visit www.congress.org, www.house.gov, or www.senate.gov. You can also call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. If you're home, try looking in the blue government pages in the phone book or call location information.