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US Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA) has introduced legislation into the Senate that would add motorcycles to the controversial Cash for Clunkers program that was recently passed by both the US House and Senate, though with significantly reduced funding of $1 billion. Not coincidentally, Casey's home state of Pennsylvania happens to be facing a slew of layoffs and factory closures from Harley-Davidson, America's largest motorcycle manufacturer.

Casey points to both the troubles of American motorcycle manufacturers and the powersports industry in general as well as the high fuel efficiency of motorcycles as reasons to include motorcycles in the government's rebate program. If passed, the new amended bill would offer a $2,500 rebate for the purchase of a new motorcycle when an older trade-in is scrapped.

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