Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today voted in favor of bipartisan legislation aimed at strengthening our economy by re-igniting American innovation in the fields of alternative energy and fuel efficient vehicle technology. The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act, H.R. 3246, invests $2.9 billion to create the most comprehensive vehicle research and development program in our nation's history, building on Congress' ongoing efforts to advance clean American energy and fuel efficiency. The House passed H.R. 3246 by a vote of 312 yeas to 114 nays.
"This bill helps build on the momentum generated by researchers across the country who are piecing together the elements needed to invest in cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles," said Congresswoman Hirono. "For example, the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute will soon have hydrogen fueling stations installed at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to accommodate two hydrogen hybrid buses. Projects like this support Hawaii's research and technology efforts. Without federal R&D funding, such innovation might not be possible."
The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act builds on the historic fuel efficiency standards enacted by Congress in 2007 and the more recent success of the Cash for Clunkers program, the national program that rewarded Americans who turned in nearly 700,000 gas-guzzling and air-polluting older cars for newer, more fuel-efficient models.
H.R. 3246 is supported by a broad coalition, including environmental protection groups such as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, labor groups like the United Autoworkers, auto companies like Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Chrysler, and business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.