• Jun 18, 2009
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives just voted in favor of a war-spending bill that contains the hotly debated Cash for Clunkers amendment. The bill was on its way to the Senate for a vote, but Republican Senator Judd Gregg tried to get the Cash for Clunkers program stripped from the bill that would continue funding the military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. That effort was quashed today when the Senate voted 60-36 to keep the $1 billion Cash for Clunkers bill attached to the $106 billion war-spending bill.

The Cash for Clunkers program will allow anyone to trade in a vehicle that gets 18 mpg or less in exchange for a $3,500 voucher towards the purchase of a new car that gets at least 22 mpg. The voucher increases to a maximum of $4,500 if the new car gets at least 10 mpg more than the clunker being traded in. Truck owners will get $3,500 for trading in and buying a new truck or SUV that is 2 mpg more fuel efficient and $4,500 for one that's at least 5 mpg better.

The Senate could vote on the war-spending bill that contains provisions for the Cash for Clunkers program as early as tonight, so stay tuned.

[Source: Boston Herald | Image: Theo Heimann/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but this entire "cash for clunkers" bill as summarized here is a disgrace and an unnecessary give away.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, but this entire bill " the other 105 billion" as summarized here is a disgrace and an unnecessary give away.

        All the right wing nut jobs will complain about the I billion, and won't say a word about the TRILLIONS we are dumping on the sand in Iraq and Afghanistan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jimmy Mack,

        "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon we'll be talking about real money."

        Waste and fraud is waste and fraud, regardless of which political party or ideology perpetrates the deed. I haven't read the bill in question which is why I used the caveat "as summarized here" in my original comment. And as summarized here this bill is a disgrace. No mention of vehicle age limits, low fuel efficiency targets and a truck provision that is a complete joke. All at a time when the country is beyond broke. Just what goals are they trying to meet here?

        I'm pretty sure I got it right when I said "disgrace". Attaching it to a war funding bill only makes it worse--not that we should become distracted by that aspect of it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ David
        Are you comparing war to buying cars?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ a lot of people
        If some of "our money" is mine, then I want it back. If I can't get it back, then I guess it's no longer mine. Once our money is taxed, stop talking about it as if it's still ours.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This bill rewards idiots who are driving inefficient vehicles, and does NOT reward people who have been driving efficient vehicles.

        On that basis alone, I deem this bill completely DUMB.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go get your new hybrid folks
      • 5 Years Ago
      A $3,500 voucher for buying a car that gets 22 mpg, are you Kidding me? Btw, guess where that money comes from...

        • 5 Years Ago
        "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with their own money"

        Alexis de Tocqueville 1805 - 1859



        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly aside from us here in the auto hobby I dont think many people put the thought in as to where that money comes from...taxpayers...thats the only people I feel bad for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The thing is, most people know exactly where this money comes from, and its usually not them. 40% of Americans pay no federal taxes, and that is a huge voting block. The real question here is why the heck is this program in a war funding bill? I'm tired of how this federal system works.
      • 5 Years Ago
      its okay its funded by taxpayers? So you are okay with paying for someone else's car while you cant afford one.

      Or better yet, letting someone else take your kid's money without their consent and spending it. I though that was considered stealing down at the local police station.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait. I thought the Democrats said they were going to stop the war in Iraq when they got majority? What's taking so long, and why are they actively spending money to perpetuate it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This item needs an update. The Senate passed the war funding bill, and with it Cash for Clunkers, hours ago now.

      Obama has said he will sign it, so it's a done deal in a few days when it reaches his desk.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw they deny funding for "cash for clunkers" AND the war
      • 5 Years Ago
      yep, consider that when you hear how much the 'war' costs.

      which war, the one overseas or the one here on our wallets?
        • 5 Years Ago
        that is a great point! i never thought about it that way before....
        • 5 Years Ago
        By "war" they mean "War on capitalism."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like how they just stick this crap... and all kinds of other crap into War Spending bills... the sad part is, I'll be making money off this crap and I still hate it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not perfect, but it's much better than doing nothing at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dont understand the logic of people saying this? i think congress doing nothing at all would be a fantastic thing... i wish they would take a 2 year vacation and just let the crap they have already passed take effect and run its course before passing and spending more...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Inaction is usually the best course of action is a phrase that comes to mind.

        Doing nothing is FAR better than just throwing money at it. I work hard for the money I make, I went to school, I was responsible with my money, and now that I'm actually making money, I've got idiots like you and the idiots in the government telling me that I NEED to give it to them so they can give it to people far LESS deserving.
      ROCK WEB MEDIA
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't qualify because my car already gets good gas mileage. My dad swears by the car buying process here: http://excarsalesman.typepad.com/. It is kind of similar.

      I haven't tried it yet, but I might because it looks good.

      I have a feeling dealers are going to automatically increase prices because of the increased demand (artificial) for lower MPG cars. So the thousands of savings from this bill for consumers is not entirely accurate. The demand will increase prices and you'll get a voucher from increased prices. I'm certain some markets you'll come out even as if they never offered this voucher. It is poorly written legislation.
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