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Hastings Lauds Passage Of The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act

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Location: Washington, DC

Hastings Lauds Passage Of The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act

Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) voted in favor of H.R. 3246, the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009. The House passed H.R. 3246 by a vote of 312 to 114.

"It is critical that we support innovative methods for advanced vehicle manufacturing and reducing fuel consumption," said Hastings. "I applaud this legislation for focusing particularly on the development and research of materials and technologies as a way to address automotive and commercial vehicle emissions as well as the economy."

The passage of H.R. 3246 will help to strengthen our economy and national security by boosting American innovation in alternative energies and fuel efficient vehicle technology. It will create the most comprehensive national vehicle research and development program to date, to build on the achievements of this Congress in advancing clean American energy and fuel efficiency.

"I am also pleased that this legislation focuses on improving fuel efficiency in heavy trucks. In my home state of Florida, many trucking companies utilize thousands of trucks on the road, improvement in fuel efficiency and emissions reduction will greatly help our environment. Many of these trucks travel primarily on Interstate 95, cutting through dense urban areas and running along sensitive environments like the Everglades and the coast. Reducing not only our importation of foreign oil, but also pollution will be of great benefit to the residents of Florida and our environment."

The bill is endorsed by: General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, the United Auto Workers, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, Daimler, Magna International, Delphi, ArvinMeritor, Robert Bosch LLC, Caterpillar, Dueco Odyne, Achates Power, EcoMotors, the Engine Manufacturers Association, and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association.

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