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    This page contains bills sponsored by presidential contenders. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

06-S3694 on Jul 19, 2006

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018
Source: Fuel Economy Reform Act (S.3694)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to increase fuel economy standards for automobiles.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. OBAMA: At a time when the energy and security stakes couldn't be higher, CAFE standards have been stagnant. In fact, because of a long-standing deadlock in Washington, CAFE standards that initially increased so quickly have remained stagnant for the last 20 years.

Since 1985, efforts to raise the CAFE standard have been stymied by opponents who have argued that Congress does not possess the expertise to set specific benchmarks.

To attempt to break this two-decade-long deadlock and start the US on the path towards energy independence, we introduce the Fuel Economy Reform Act of 2006. This bill would set a new course by establishing regular, continual, and incremental progress in miles per gallon, targeting 4% annually, but preserving NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) expertise and flexibility on how to meet those targets.

Under this system, if the 4% annualized improvement occurs over ten years, this bill would save 20 billion gallons of gasoline per year. If gasoline is just $2.50 per gallon, consumers will save $50 billion at the pump in 2018. By 2018, we would be cutting global warming pollution by 220 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent gases.

In order to enable domestic manufacturers to develop advanced-technology vehicles, this legislation provides tax incentives to retool parts and assembly plants. This will strengthen the US auto industry by allowing it to compete with foreign hybrid and other fuel efficient vehicles. It is our expectation that NHTSA will use its enhanced authority to bring greater market-based flexibility into CAFE compliance by allowing the banking and trading of credits among all vehicle types and between manufacturers.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Finance; never came to a vote.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Question 18: Prioritize green energy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Energy & Oil
  • Headline: Raise CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018 (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018 (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 06-S3694

Jeff Bingaman s2iNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Richard Durbin s2iIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Tom Harkin s2iIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Barack Obama s2pIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Arlen Specter s1oPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 



Republicans participating in 06-S3694

Norm Coleman s2iMN Former Republican Senator; lost court battle, 2009 
Richard Lugar s2iIN Republican Sr Senator 
Gordon Harold Smith s2iOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 



Independents participating in 06-S3694

Joe Biden s2iDE Vice President 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 7
Republicans: 3
Independents: 1


















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