Auto dealers from across the country were up on Capitol Hill earlier this week, urging members of Congress to remember the marketplace and jobs when they start adopting new fuel efficiency standards. The Detroit News mentioned their lobbying in a larger piece on CAFE standards, and local outlets also noted the blitz. For example, Indiana and Wisconsin:
“There’s a fine line between mandating more fuel economy and meeting consumer needs,” said [BOB] Pietroske of Pietroske Inc. in Manitowoc. “Auto dealers are committed to working to decrease the nation’s dependence on foreign sources of oil and enhancing our energy security. Lawmakers need to be sure that automakers can deliver the product diversity that my customers need and demand.”
The dealers were supporting H.R. 2927, the Hill-Terry CAFE standards that seek some moderate path toward federal mandates of new fuel efficiency standards, cosponsored by Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE). When the bill was introduced June 28th? Six sponsors. This week, with the dealers’ visits to congressional offices? Seventy-nine cosponsors have been added, for a total of 85.
Hill and Terry’s news release announcing introduction of the bill is available here.
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