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Bipartisan Lawmakers Urge Good Faith Effort to Reach Agreement on Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), Paul Tonko (D-NY) and John Shimkus (R-IL) strongly urged the US Department of Transportation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resources Board to return to good faith negotiating and work toward one national program for fuel economy to give auto makers the certainty they need in a fragile industry while making continued reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

“What’s clear is that there is a bipartisan commitment in the Committee in the idea of returning to the negotiating table,” the lawmakers wrote. “Bipartisanship is difficult sometimes and this issue is no exception. Yet we are united by the view that there is a common sense solution here that both parties can embrace, and that Washington and California can endorse. We think folks of good faith can get together, even at this complicated time in DC, and find a solution that is good for this country. We hope you agree, and that you would support an effort to find common ground.”

A copy of the letter to DOT and EPA is here and a copy of the letter to the California Air resources Board is available here.


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