Yesterday evening the Senate voted to pass an emergency spending bill which funds the government through Nov. 18. The measure keeps intact the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program.
Last week the National Association of Manufacturers sent a letter to Congressional leadership highlighting the benefits of this program and its impact on jobs.
From the letter:
The NAM is writing to express our support for the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program, authorized under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Bush. The ATVM program is an example of what government/industry partnerships can accomplish. It has helped create and preserve thousands of auto sector jobs and put our nation on a path towards greater energy security. The NAM believes defunding ATVM will hurt manufacturers and their employees.
Additional press coverage:
- NPR, “The New Standoff: Clean-Car Jobs Vs. Disaster Relief”
- AP, “Congress dodges shutdown after disaster aid fight“
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