WASHINGTON (June 20) — The House Energy and Commerce Committee has passed by voice vote five bills designed to encourage energy conservation, including one to establish a national tire fuel efficiency consumer information program.
The bill would establish a tire fuel efficiency rating system combined with a national consumer education program on tire maintenance, and would be administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., sponsored an amendment to the bill, also passed by voice vote, which prevented the national program from pre-empting the California replacement tire fuel efficiency law passed in 2003. The Rubber Manufacturers Association, which supports the House fuel efficiency bill, agreed to support the Eshoo amendment to expedite the legislative process, an RMA spokesman said.
"In the Senate, we hope to work through the legislative process to achieve an even more favorable bill," the spokesman said. The fuel efficiency bill is expected to reach the House floor through its extension calendar, which requires a two-thirds vote for passage and is reserved for non-controversial legislation, he said.