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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bike-friendly Dems would lose powerful positions in Republican controlled House - BikePortland


Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 2nd, 2010 at 1:44 pm
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Jim Oberstar (L) and Peter DeFazio,
(shown here at Cycle Oregon 2007)
would both lose key leadership
positions if the Republicans
take over the House.
(Photos © J. Maus)
A big issue at stake with tonight's elections is how a Republican-controlled House of Representatives — a result many feel is foregone conclusion — would impact bicycling and active transportation programs, funding, and policies.
With that transfer of power, Republicans would also assume leadership of the all-important House Committees that set the rules of the game for everything from tax policy (Bike Commuter Benefit for instance) to infrastructure spending priorities.
At the center of what's at stake for bicycling and active transportation are three men: John Boehner, Jim Oberstar, and Peter DeFazio.

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