“Cash for clunkers” could provide vouchers for clean cars

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cash-for-clunkersLast week Congresswoman Richardson voted to support the “cash for clunkers” program that provides consumers with vouchers worth up to $4,500 to help pay for new fuel efficient vehicles. The  $4 billion plan to subsidize new cars sales for consumers who scrap old ones passed the House by a vote of 298-119.

“This is a smart program that will help grow our clean energy economy, cut down on pollution, and save money at the pump as we reduce consumption by over 250 million gallons of gas,” Congresswoman Richardson said. “It goes a long way towards getting Americans back to work and behind the wheel of a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly car.”

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.

“I was proud to have supported this bill because it not only helps people in my district save money, it also helps curb the effects of global warming and help California’s struggling auto dealers,” Congresswoman Richardson said.

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