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Cash for Clunkers passes House


Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Washington, DC) - Last week, Congressman Tim Walz voted to create jobs, revitalize the economy, and help reduce harmful carbon emissions from vehicles.

H.R. 2751, the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009, also known as "Cash for Clunkers," passed the House today and will support approximately 1 million new car or truck purchases. The bill gives consumers the ability to receive vouchers of up to $4,500 to help pay for new, more fuel efficient cars by trading in their old gas guzzlers.

"This bill will reinvigorate the auto industry while helping to reduce our impact on the environment at the same time," said Walz. "It is important that we as American's keep the environment in mind while helping to create jobs and rejuvenate our economy and this bill does that. That's why I'm pleased to see us use this program both to accelerate car sales and to get some of the least gas efficient vehicles off the road."

The legislation provides rebates for cars and trucks in the following four categories:

• Passenger Cars: The old vehicle must get 18 mpg or less. New vehicles with improvement of at least 4 mpg will get a $3,500 voucher. New vehicles with improvement of at least 10 mpg will get a $4,500 voucher.

• Light-Duty Trucks: The old vehicle must get 18 mpg or less. New vehicles with improvement of at least 2 mpg will get a $3,500 voucher. New vehicles with improvement of at least 5 mpg will get a $4,500 voucher.

• Large Light-Duty Trucks: The old vehicle must get 15 mpg or less. New vehicles with improvement of at least 1 mpg will get a $3,500 voucher or trade-in of a "work truck." New vehicles with improvement of at least 2 mpg will get a $4,500 voucher.

• Work Trucks: The old vehicle must be a pre-2002 model. New vehicles in the same or smaller weight class will get a $3,500 voucher.

The bipartisan legislation is supported by a broad coalition that includes the AFL-CIO, UAW, car dealers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

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