The "cash-for-clunkers" legislation easily made it through the U.S. House, but is finding vehement opposition in the Senate that may derail its passage.
Senator Judd Gregg will try to strip the cash-for-clunkers proposal from the war spending bill it has been attached to - a bill that is widely expect to pass - because wrapping the legislation in with the war budget is inappropriate, he said yesterday. Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, said the play may be a good idea, but it makes poor fiscal sense because there are no budget cuts to balance the spending.
"It passes on new debt. Why would we do that?" Gregg asked in a floor speech. He said he would challenge the measure "at the appropriate time." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delayed voting on the bill until Thursday.
The House already approved the war spending bill earlier this week with the cash-for-clunkers legislation attached. The legislation provides $1 billion in spending for the auto stimulus program, far short of what was initially envisioned. Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow urged quick passage of the stimulus.
"It will not help as a stimulus if it is done six months or a year from now," she said.