‘Cash for Clunkers’ Bill Mired in Senate

The “cash for clunkers” legislation that would provide qualifying consumers with a $4500 voucher toward the purchase of a new car has been dropped from a tobacco regulation bill in the Senate, causing frustration among Michigan lawmakers.

The Senate Appropriations Committee raised objections to the legislation because it draws its funding from the $787 billion economic stimulus package, according to congressional aides. Michigan lawmakers say the legislation must be passed soon to help the ailing auto industry – especially now that word of the bill could be keeping consumers from purchasing vehicles until it passes.

Brad Carroll, a spokesman for Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, said Stabenow was working on the bill. “There are technical details to work out and the senator continues to look for a vehicle to pass this very important piece of legislation,” he said. Stabenow is a co-sponsor of the bill.

An identical cash for clunkers bill in the House has also failed. So far, legislators have been unsuccessful in separating that legislation from a massive energy and climate bill that could take months to finalize.

Source: The Detroit News