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Federal trade agency holding motorcyclists hostage

Federal trade agency holding motorcyclists hostage
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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is embroiled in a dispute with the European Union over U.S. beef that contains hormones. So, instead of working out a solution based on agricultural products, the Trade Representative included motorcycles in its proposed 100 percent tariffs on some products imported from the Europe.

The tariff would affect motorcycles with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc.

A member of the USTR staff stated in a Feb. 15 public hearing that the USTR hopes to use motorcyclists as leverage to get the E.U. to reverse its policy on U.S. beef.

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes the proposed tariff, because trade disputes residing within the boundaries of the agricultural industry should not be solved with trade sanctions levied against non-agricultural products. And this tariff would harm American consumers by raising prices and reducing product choice.

The USTR is accepting rebuttals to the Feb. 15 testimony. This provides an opportunity for the public to voice its opinion on the proposed Bikes for Beef tax. And the AMA has the tools to make it easy for you to submit comments. Just sign our petition.

Act now by signing the AMA's petition to voice your concern. The deadline is March 7.

The AMA will submit every name and address to the USTR. There is nothing more powerful than tens of thousands of riders joining together to express their concern with the Bikes for Beef tax.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at

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