House Approves $2 Billion Clunker Extension
Automotive News [sub] reports that the House of Representatives has passed a measure to inject another $2 billion into the CARS program, extending it to September 2010. The bill passed 316-109, and now moves to the Senate. There it could face a challenge from Senators led by Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins, who argue that an extension must include measures to improve the environmental impacts of the bill. Feinstein has requested a full accounting of the measure’s alleged success from the Department of Transportation. Politico reports that Senator Claire McCaskgill has already ruled out support for any transfer of stimulus money to the CARS program. “It will be tough sledding in the Senate, but this would give it considerable momentum,” admits one auto industry source. “It’s not new money, so [it] should be more possible to get GOP support.”
I'm writing my Senators, right now. This is so wasteful.
So the program is to be extended to September 2010? That's more than a year from now. And if the law still demands you own your clunker for one year.... I'm pretty sure I can find a $200 car that is drivable. I mean, drivable enough to get to a dealership.
I would love to see those who advocate a do-nothing government also call for scaling back the US' military adventures abroad. At least Ron Paul is consistent in this regard.