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From the AMA 7 months, 3 weeks ago #7991

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Voice your opposition to the Bikes for Beef tariff
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Urge U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to oppose the proposed 100 percent tariff on motorcycles imported from the European Union.

The proposal-which would affect bikes with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc-is part of the ongoing E.U.-U.S. beef hormone trade dispute.

Now is the time to make your voices heard!

Use the American Motorcyclist Association's convenient tools to urge the U.S. Trade Representative to withdraw this ill-conceived proposal. Motorcyclists should not be penalized with exorbitant tariffs because of a dispute over beef.

If enacted, this tariff will cause serious and irreversible harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners who sell motorcycles and scooters with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc. Additionally, consumers will be denied access to affected models of competition and recreational motorcycles that contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of millions of American families.

The AMA 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.

In February, a USTR official admitted that motorcycles were included in the proposal as leverage to achieve relief for the beef industry. The AMA finds this approach to trade policy to be cynical at best.

In reality, this agency is playing with peoples' lives and livelihoods. The proposed trade sanctions, if implemented, will cause dramatic and irreparable harm to the motorcycle industry.

In a news article, the then Acting Trade Representative said he and Lighthizer want to represent all of the United States' commercial interests. He added, "I don't want a situation where anybody is saying: 'Well, our voices weren't heard or we weren't listened to.'"

Now is the time to voice our strong opposition to the 100 percent tariff proposal. We aren't pawns in a game of international chess. Take action now to protect against significant hardships this tariff will cause to hardworking, everyday tax-paying Americans.

Tell Lighthizer to remove motorcycles from the proposed 100 percent tariff. And be sure to make our voice stronger by sharing the AMA alert with your friends on Facebook.

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 and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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Donate now: Fight the 'Bikes for Beef' Tax!




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Re: From the AMA 7 months, 3 weeks ago #7992

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Here's my original posts on the subject from 4 months ago:
www.wiscbmwclub.com/index.php?option=com...&Itemid=156#7860
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