The American Horse Council is urging all recreational riders to call their senators and ask them to vote no on Senate Amendment 1742 to the 2014 transportation appropriations bill.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The amendment would strip all funding from the Recreational Trail Program.
The Paul amendment would transfer all funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program to pay for bridge repairs. As part of the Transportation Alternatives Program,RTP would lose all funding in fiscal year 2014 if the amendment passes.
Since its inception, RTP has provided money for thousands of state and local trail projects across the country, including many that benefit equestrians. RTP provides funding directly to states for recreational trails and trail-related facilities for all recreational trail users. It is funded with a portion of the gas taxes paid into the Highway Trust Fund by recreational off-highway vehicle users.
Note from KHC:
Contact our Senators and express the importance of the RTP program to trails and rural economic development: EVEN 10 CALLS OR EMAILS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO A SENATOR! WILL YOU BE ONE OF THEM?
Sen. Paul Rand
Sen. Mitch McConnell
For more information, contact the American Horse Council