From an e-mail:
Majority Leader Hoyer Praises CAFE Deal
WASHINGTON – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in praise of a bipartisan deal to increase the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards in the energy bill being considered by Congress.
“I would like to commend the efforts of Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Dingell, Senators Inouye and Stevens, and the other Members of Congress who have spent countless hours in the critical effort to aggressively increase CAFE standards without jeopardizing American jobs.
“This historic increase is a result of these Members’ tremendous expertise, willingness to compromise, and dedication to the larger goal of increasing our nation’s environmental, economic and national security.
“I am pleased to have been able to play a role in achieving this bipartisan compromise that will form an essential part of the major energy legislation that I expect to bring to the House Floor next week.”
OK, that’s the CAFE language. And the other provisions?
UPDATE (2:25 p.m.) Speaker Pelosi’s statement from last night:
CAFE will serve as the cornerstone of the energy legislation that will be on the House floor next week. We will achieve the major goal of increasing vehicle efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon in 2020, marking an historic advancement in our efforts in the Congress to address our energy security and laying strong groundwork for climate legislation next year. We are confident that this final product will win the support of the environmental, labor and manufacturing communities.
“This landmark energy legislation will offer the automobile industry the certainty it needs, while offering flexibility to automakers and ensuring we keep American manufacturing jobs and continued domestic production of smaller vehicles.
“This comprehensive package will also include an increase in the Renewable Fuels Standard and a Renewable Electricity Standard, among other key provisions.”
Note the phrase: “laying strong groundwork for climate legislation next year.”
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