This afternoon, Congresswoman Betty Sutton's fleet modernization amendment was adopted in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee.The amendment, aimed at giving consumers financial incentives for turning in old cars to buy new fuel-efficient vehicles, received bipartisan support by a 50-4 vote. Rep. Sutton released the following statement:
"This amendment brings us one step closer toward helping consumers, improving our environment, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and helping our domestic auto and related industries. Millions of American families depend upon our domestic auto and related industries, and I am pleased that my colleagues on the Committee on Energy and Commerce support this measure.I especially want to thank the leadership and support of Chairman Waxman, Subcommittee Chairman Markey and Chairman Emeritus Dingell, along with Congressmen Stupak, Braley and Upton in helping to demonstrate that multiple goals can be achieved.
"Just this morning, President Obama announced a national fuel efficiency policy that charts a new course aimed at increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas pollution for all new cars and trucks sold in the United States. I strongly support this new policy and will continue to work with my colleagues in the House and the Administration to foster a nationwide clean energy economy."