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6/12/2003
SPECIAL REPORT: Skelton signs on as cosponsor of Safety Month resolution in U.S. Congress

Rep. Ike Skelton, D-MO, has signed on as a cosponsor of U.S. House Concurrent Resolution 164.

The measure, introduced by Rep. Sam Graves, R-MO, would establish a National Truck Safety Month each year. The resolution asks President George W. Bush to issue a proclamation commending all truckers for their extra effort this June to comply with truck safety regulations.

"I was proud to cosponsor House Concurrent Resolution 164 establishing National Truck Safety Month, because it calls attention to the responsibilities and contributions of truckdrivers to highway safety,” Skelton said. “As far as I'm concerned, the more we can do to improve public safety on our nation's roadways, the better. Proposals aimed at improving transportation safety are sure to receive a great deal of consideration during upcoming House debates on the new highway funding authorization bill."

Skelton represents Missouri’s 4th District, which runs from north of the Missouri River to just north of the Arkansas border along the western side of the state. He served as Lafayette County prosecuting attorney and a Missouri state senator before being elected to the House in 1977. He is the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and is a member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.

Cosponsors of the resolution include Rep. Roy Blunt, R-MO, Rep. Danny Davis, D-IL, Rep. Dan Burton, R-IN, Rep. James Moran, D-VA, Rep. Lee Terry, R-NE, Rep. Mac Collins, R-GA, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-TX, Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-MN, Rep. Jerry Costello, D-IL, and Rep. Tom Osborne, R-NE.

--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor

Mark Reddig can be reached at mark_reddig@landlinemag.com.

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