WASHINGTON (July 26)—A congressional conference committee considering energy bills has dropped an amendment calling for a National Tire Fuel Efficiency Program, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, which had lobbied against it.
The amendment had been added to the Senate energy bill by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., repeating a maneuver he tried two years ago.
The RMA lobbied several senators and representatives to get the provision removed from the bill. The association claims the tire efficiency would have included unnecessary and burdensome reporting requirements in addition to those already required by the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act.
As of July 26, House and Senate negotiators continued to work on a compromise bill, which was expected shortly, according to news reports.