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NPT DC: Cash for Clunkers program rebates up to $4,500 for fuel-efficient vehicle purchase

Couple of days late (sent to NPT Tuesday), but worth noting:


“Cash For Clunkers” bill would help Americans save thousands of dollars on the purchase of new, fuel efficient vehicles
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) today voted to support new incentives for consumers to trade-in their used vehicles for newer, more fuel-efficient models to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and decrease the level of harmful emissions into the environment. The Consumer Assistance to Recycle & Save (CARS) Act, also known as the “Cash for Clunkers” bill, would provide up to $4,500 in rebates toward the purchase of new, more fuel efficient vehicles. The measure passed by a vote of 298-119 and now proceeds to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

“This legislation is particularly important for border communities such as El Paso where everyday thousands of vehicles are stalled at the international bridges for several hours,” Congressman Reyes said. “This bill would not only reduce the amount of harmful emissions into our environment but would also decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil. This legislation would benefit many local residents who need a little extra help during these difficult economic times.”

The legislation would authorize $4 billion for a national voucher program to provide rebates on purchases of, or leases of up to five years on, new vehicles with higher fuel efficiency standards. The new qualifying vehicles cannot be more than $45,000 and must get at least 22 miles per gallon (mpg) for passenger vehicles, 18 mpg for light duty trucks, and 15 mpg for work trucks. Vouchers would range in value from $3,500 to $4,500 depending on the level of fuel efficiency.

This bipartisan legislation is supported by a broad coalition that includes the AFL-CIO, UAW, car dealers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Manufacturers.

The Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act will help stimulate the ailing auto industry by spurring the sale of up to one million more fuel-efficient cars and trucks nation-wide. Automobile sales have been on the decline for 18 months, and tens of thousands of jobs in the El Paso/Juarez region depend on the viability of car manufactures.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 12, 2009 at 10:46 am

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  1. very good thanks


    June 13, 2009 at 1:48 am

  2. Wow! What an incredibly stupid waste of $4 billion.

    This kind of crap will backfire and only hurt poor people. A voucher only goes so far, which means many families looking to take advantage of the Democrat’s “Free-money” will actually have to take on more debt burden to buy a new car.

    Just what poor families need, the government helping them get into more debt. Just what the Democrats want, more debt-ridden ghetto-dwelling voters depending on them for every meal, handout and necessity. Such programs are the chains of government slavery.


    June 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm

  3. I am having very second thoughts about ever voting for a Democratic Representative again!! Enough is enough! Can’t anyone see what collusion and dishonestly and pure greedy waste of OUR money this is! Individuals should on their own find ways to save gas, and guess what, they will save money too. Helloooo. There are many cheap gas-saving cars in the marketplace for individuals to move to and work with dealers to obtain!! Use your own creativity instead of allowing this most ridiculous situation!


    June 18, 2009 at 11:35 am

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