10 June 2009

They Voted for You: Clunkers

West Virginia's U.S. House delegation helped pass a "cash for clunkers" bill that, as The Associated Press reports, "aims to boost new auto sales by allowing consumers to turn in their gas-guzzling cars and trucks for vouchers worth up to $4,500 toward more fuel-efficient vehicles."

Reps. Alan Mollohan, D-1st; Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd; and Nick Rahall, D-3rd, all voted for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act in the 298-119 roll call.

"Supporters pushed for the measure to stimulate car sales and increase the fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles on the nation's highways," AP reports. "The auto industry has sought the incentives after months of poor auto sales. In May, overall sales were 34 percent lower than a year ago."

But to opponents, "the bill failed to include incentives for used vehicles and represented an artificial incentive for the industry," the article said.

1 comment:

clear eyes said...

Haven't we wasted enough tax money? Haven't we given enough money to the automakers?