WASHINGTON (Dec. 7, 2007) — The House of Representatives has passed by a 235-181 vote an omnibus energy bill that among other things would raise corporate average fuel economy to 35 mpg by 2020. The legislation contains a provision backed by the Rubber Manufacturers Association that would create a national tire fuel efficiency consumer information program, to be overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The bill now goes to the Senate, which passed its own energy legislation in June that also included the tire fuel efficiency provision.
The RMA has championed the tire fuel efficiency language for the better part of two years, an RMA spokesman said. "We hope we can obtain enactment of that provision eventually, but we realize there is an uphill battle with this legislation," he said.
Senate Republicans have promised a filibuster of the House bill, and President Bush has threatened a veto, because the House bill doesn't allow for new oil drilling and cancels billions of dollars in tax breaks for the domestic oil industry.