Pelosi: No CAFE Debate Yet

By August 2, 2007Energy

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) has withdrawn his CAFE amendment for now, and Representatives Baron Hill (D-IN) and Lee Terry (R-NE) will hold their proposal as well, which means no CAFE debate on the House floor before this weekend’s recess. All for the good: The Hill-Terry measure is gaining cosponsors right and left — H.R. 2927 is up to 137 cosponsors — and Markey’s jobs-killer is losing steam.

Here’s Speaker Pelosi’s statement on the matter:

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening on House consideration of amendments on vehicle efficiency standards to the energy bill that the House will consider later this week:

“My long-stated goal has been to bring to the floor a strong energy bill that builds on the unity we have within the Democratic Caucus.

“I strongly respect Chairman Ed Markey and Congressman Baron Hill for their decisions to withdraw their amendments on fuel efficiency standards in the interest of promoting passage of a consensus energy bill.

“The American people – in every region of the country – overwhelmingly support stronger fuel efficiency standards, and we will have an opportunity to address this issue shortly. The Senate energy bill does contain a CAFE provision, which I support.”

The Detroit Free Press reports:

In a victory for Detroit automakers, the main backer in the U.S. House of tougher fuel economy standards said late Wednesday that he would not push for his 35-m.p.g. standard this week.

The move by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., means automakers and the UAW have the August recess to prepare for a larger debate in September, when Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., plans to address fuel economy rules as part of his work on global warming.

The NAM’s CAFE resources page is here.

UPDATE (11:50 a.m.): Hill-Terry is up to 147 cosponsors.

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