What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : S 517. National Energy Plan/Vote to Prevent Congress from Increasing Fuel Efficiency Standards for Automobiles. (2002 senate Roll Call 47)
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S 517. National Energy Plan/Vote to Prevent Congress from Increasing Fuel Efficiency Standards for Automobiles.
senate Roll Call 47     Mar 13, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

As debate proceeded on the Bush administration's energy bill, a general consensus emerged on raising fuel-efficiency standards. But there was little consensus on how it should be done, or by how much. This amendment, proposed by Levin (D-MI) and Bond (R-MO), required the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to raise the standards for light trucks (including SUVs) within 15 months and for cars within two years. The amendment did not specify how much the standard should be raised, though it did provide some guidelines. Congress would stay out of the issue until the time period specified had run its course. Progressives complained that this meant the amendment would effectively remove Congress from the process for two years and forestall real improvements in fuel efficiency. The amendment was adopted, 62-38.

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