WASHINGTON (Dec. 18, 2007) — The House of Representatives has approved the Senate-amended omnibus energy bill, and the White House said that President Bush will sign the bill as early as tomorrow.
The bill will raise the corporate average fuel economy for all auto makers to 35 mpg by 2020.
To obtain the bill's passage, congressional Democrats had to drop renewable energy provisions and $13 billion worth of new taxes on the oil industry from the bill.
However, the bill as passed contains a provision sponsored by the Rubber Manufacturers Association to establish a national tire fuel efficiency consumer information program.
The legislation calls on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promulgate the rule, including a period for public comment. An RMA spokesman said the association was pleased with the bill's passage.