May 5th, 2009
04:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Deal on 'cash for clunkers' bill

WASHINGTON ( - The Obama administration has signaled its support for a congressional effort that aims to boost the troubled car industry by subsidizing new cars sales for consumers who scrap old ones.

Congressional Democrats, emerging from a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, said they had struck a deal on a bill to establish a one-year program to encourage the purchase of 1 million new cars and trucks that get better gas mileage.

Under the so-called cash-for-clunkers legislation, consumers with old, gas guzzlers could get $3,500 or $4,500 in government vouchers to use toward the purchase of new cars that get gas mileage that exceeds the old car's by four miles per gallon.

"It's going to be a dramatic boom for our economy," said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who heads the House Energy Committee.

The bill would be a part of a larger energy bill, which House leaders hope to pass before Memorial Day, Waxman said in an impromptu press conference on the White House lawn with other Democrats on the House Energy committee.

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  1. Mobius

    Very nice.

    MORE cash from EMPTY pockets.

    Now Obama wants to own your car, too.

    He already owns your mortgage and your 401K, now he'd like a shot at your transportation.

    May 5, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. arithmetic is liberal


    Goodbye 1993 Ford Tempo, hellooooooooo Fusion!

    May 5, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Moderate Democrat

    I'm simply amazed at the great ideas coming out of government as of late. Something we have been missing BADLY in the previous eight years. I just recently bought a new car, american made rather then my choice of sports car...because I want to do my part for the country (rather then just stand around complaining and saying no). But this is a FANTASTIC idea for those out there thinking of buying a car.

    This is a solid 'one two' punch to hit the economy as well as energy efficiencies.

    May 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |