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Special Coverage: Bike Commuter Act

Welcome to my special coverage of Congressman Earl Blumenauer's attempt to add a tax benefit for bike commuters to the U.S. tax code.



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Blumenauer legislation would bulk up and clear up bike commuter benefit

Posted on March 12th, 2009 at 12:52 pm.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer at a reception this morning on Capitol Hill.(Photo © J. Maus)

When the Bike Commuter Benefit Act passed back in October, it was somewhat of a shallow victory for advocates who had pushed for its passage for seven long years. Not only did it pass as a ploy to build support for [...]

Everything you want to know about the new bike commuter tax provision

Posted on October 7th, 2008 at 9:13 pm.

[Via BikingBis.com]
After news broke about the passage of the bike commuter tax provision in the recent financial bailout bill, many commenters had questions about how it would work.
To help answer those questions, the League of American Bicyclists has published a list of Frequently Asked Questions. I've pasted excerpts from each question below:

House passes bailout bill; bike commuter tax benefit becomes law

Posted on October 3rd, 2008 at 10:45 am.

Blumenauer at the unveiling of his Gas Price Relief Act, one of manypieces of legislation that included a bike commuter tax break over the years.(Photo: J. Maus)

What a long, strange trip it's been for Congressman Earl Blumenauer and his Bike Commuter Act.
The House Democrat is a former City Commissioner of Transportation in Portland [...]

UPDATED: Senate sweetens bailout bill with Bike Commuter Act

Posted on October 2nd, 2008 at 10:19 am.

[See below for updates: Hint, Blumenauer is saying he won't support the bailout package.]

"The (bailout) bill now includes a... tax benefit for bicycle commuting sought by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, also a "no" vote on Monday."-- from an article in the Baltimore Sun

Hoping to garner votes from House members who previously voted "no" [...]

Oregon House Rep. drafts bike commuter tax break legislation

Posted on October 1st, 2008 at 9:56 am.

John Lim (R-Gresham)

This morning's Gresham Outlook newspaper has a story about new legislation that has been drafted by Oregon State Rep. John Lim (R-Gresham) that would give a tax break to bike commuters.
According to the Outlook, the current draft language of the bill says,
"a taxpayer who rides a bicycle to work at least 10 days [...]

Will fourth time be the charm for Bike Commuter Act?

Posted on September 17th, 2008 at 4:22 pm.

"I think it's the best chance the Bike Commuter Act has had so far in the Senate."-- Katie Drennan, a legislative assistant for Congressman Earl Blumenauer

For the fourth time this session, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes a tax benefit people who ride their bikes to work.
The Bike Commuter [...]

National Bike Bill passes U.S. House vote

Posted on May 29th, 2008 at 10:30 am.

Bike legislation is moving forward in D.C.(Photo © J. Maus)

House Congressional Resolution 305, also known as the National Bike Bill, has passed through a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week.
The resolution -- which was introduced by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) back in February -- recognizes the importance of bicycling to "enriching [...]

Bike commute benefit, SUV tax loophole pass House vote

Posted on February 27th, 2008 at 2:56 pm.

Now it's onto the Senate. More on this story was published yesterday. Official press release from Blumenauer's office is below:

Bike Commuter Act, “Hummer tax loophole” up for House vote tomorrow

Posted on February 26th, 2008 at 1:03 pm.

Blumenauer, shown here at the National Bike Summit last year, hopes his Bike Commuter Act will finally fly with lawmakers.(Photo © J. Maus)

On the heels of record profits by the big five oil companies, U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) will once again try to enact a tax benefit for bike commuters and close the "Hummer [...]

Bike commuter benefit does not survive Senate vote on Energy Bill

Posted on December 14th, 2007 at 3:35 pm.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer introducing the Bike Commuter Act on Capitol Hill last March.(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

The bike commuter tax benefit -- which was introduced to Congress by Earl Blumenauer last March and passed a House vote last week -- has been stripped out of the Energy Bill by the Senate.
The U.S. Senate passed the Energy [...]

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