What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Raise Average Fuel Economy Standards for Cars from 25 Miles Per Gallon to 33 Miles Per Gallon By 2015. (2005 house Roll Call 121)
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H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Raise Average Fuel Economy Standards for Cars from 25 Miles Per Gallon to 33 Miles Per Gallon By 2015.
house Roll Call 121     Apr 20, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) to raise average fuel economy standards for cars from 25 miles per gallon to 33 miles per gallon by 2105. Arguing the Progressive position, Boehlert cited reduction in U.S. dependence on foreign oil as a key reason for his amendment. He also noted that "we have been losing ground on fuel economy. We use more gas to drive a mile today than we did 20 years ago." Other rationales he offered for his amendment included the fact that the National Academy of Sciences had indicated that it would be possible to improve fuel economy without compromising safety, and that consumers were sick of paying $40 or $50 to fill up the tanks of their automobiles. Republicans, along with a few Democrats from auto industry-heavy states, countered that the actual effects of Boehlert's amendment would be to require an average fuel economy standard of 36 miles per gallon, and that the amendment would cost jobs in the auto industry, as well as dissatisfaction amongst those consumers who prefer large cars. The House voted 177 to 254 to defeat the Progressive position and this amendment, with 60 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with Republicans, and 36 Republicans choosing to vote with Democrats. Thus, a requirement to raise average auto fuel economy standards from 25 miles per gallon to 33 miles per gallon was not included in the energy bill.

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