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    REPORT: Toyota Corolla passes Ford Focus as top C4C car; program extended thru September

    2009 Toyota Corolla XRS - click above image for high-res gallery
    The more things change, the more they change back again. Or something. As of August 3, Reuters reports that the number one car Cash for Clunking consumers were purchasing was the long-in-the-tooth Ford Focus. Well, just two short ...

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    REPORT: D.O.T. withholding Cash For Clunkers info; Senate warming to more funding

    Another day, another bunch of news items about Cash For Clunkers (a.k.a. C.A.R.S.). With Friday's Senate recess date fast approaching, the Obama Administration is reportedly pushing the body's 100 members there to get their acts together and vote for more funding to keep the program alive. Two ...

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    Senators mulling a nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Last time we checked in with the issue of texting while driving, the NHTSA practically claimed it was gagged by Congress. Fast forward a week -- after the New York Times report and the results of a Virginia Tech study -- and now a group of Democratic senators is proposing a nationwide ban on ...

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    Cash for Clunkers passes Congress, awaits President's signature

    After narrowly surviving an attempt by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. to strip it from a war-spending bill, the Cash for Clunkers program passed the Senate yesterday evening. Well, the $106 billion war-spending bill passed the Senate on a 91-5 vote, but the $1 billion scrapping program earlier survived ...

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    Senate saves Cash for Clunkers, remains in war-spending bill

    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 ...

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    House narrowly passes scaled-back 'Cash-for-Clunkers' legislation

    After the House and Senate agreed on the terms of a cut-down version of the Cash for Clunkers legislation, it passed the house on Tuesday by a narrow margin (226-202) after being added as a supplemental appropriations bill to continue funding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.Per the previous ...

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    BREAKING: House, Senate reach terms on 'Cash for Clunkers' program - but only with $1B in funding

    According to The Detroit News, the House and Senate came to terms late last night on a $1 billion 'cash for clunkers' initiative. Part of a larger $106 billion wartime spending bill, the program is not yet law, as the finalized bill must be passed by Congress (it is expected to be voted on next ...

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    Auto Task Force says no more money for auto bailouts... probably

    To date, the U.S. government has reportedly given General Motors, Chrysler, their financial institutions and various industry suppliers about $80 billion in taxpayer money, and Congress wants to know when we're going to get that money back. The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ...

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    BREAKING: House passes 'cash for clunkers' legislation

    The U.S. House approved the "cash for clunkers" legislation earlier today, paving the way for consumers to snag up to $4,500 for trading in their older vehicles for new, more fuel efficient transport.The bill, which passed 298-119, drew overwhelming support from automakers, local business groups ...

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    Senate to vote on 'Cash for Clunkers' today?

    A vote could come today on a bill designed to offer credits of up to $4,500 for consumers to trade-in gas-guzzling older vehicles. The so-called "cash for clunkers" legislation is designed to stimulate auto sales, but it also stands to effectively remove gross polluters from the roads and put ...

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    GM and Chrysler CEOs called to D.C. to explain dealer closings

    The situations with GM and Chrysler are beginning to look like what happens after a fumble in an NFL game: a dozen men pile on top of each other all trying to get the ball. The difference in the case of GM and Chrysler is there are far more than two teams struggling for the prize. The latest to hop ...

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    Repercussions of failed automaker bailout spreading quickly

    Nekkei index plumments, GM retains the services of bankruptcy advisorsLate Thursday evening, the U.S. automaker bailout bill failed to pass through the Senate. The legislation is dead and there are no plans for another bill to go through the process until the end of the year. To quote Senate ...

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    BREAKING: Automaker bailout agreement reached in Senate, still not a sure thing [UPDATE]

    CNBC is reporting that four U.S. senators have reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to help the Big 3 automakers in Detroit. Those senators include Michigan Democrats Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, Ohio Republican George Voinovich and Missouri Republican Christopher Bond. Details of the bill ...

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    The Skinny: Automaker aid from the Feds

    So here's a breakdown of what's going on in Congress concerning federal aid for U.S. automakers. A Senate bill expected to be voted on this Thursday would expedite funds for Ford, GM and Chrysler so that they could actually get the cash they need within 22 days after the bill becomes law -- should ...

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    Senator calls for 50-mpg mandate for Detroit to receive aid

    "Thick and fast." That's the phrase that describes the opinions, pleas, advice, denunciations, and WTF? going on around the U.S. auto industry right now. Enter Congress, which is trying to figure out how to give Detroit automakers the $25 billion they were promised a few months ago. Congressmen are ...

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    Two down, one to go: Senate approves $25 billion for Big 3

    Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill approving a $25 billion loan for the Detroit 3. Now the Senate, by a similar margin, has passed the bill, which means it needs George W. Bush's John Hancock in order for the automakers to see their funds.The process actually began last year when ...

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    Senate passes legislation including PHEV tax credits

    Click above for high-res gallery of Chrysler's three new EVsLegislation that includes tax credits for plug-in electric vehicles has passed the Senate. Now the House gets a chance to look things over and put it to a vote. The tax credits allow buyers of PHEVs to receive a credit as high as ...

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    California law proposes ban on lap pets in car

    Drivers give in to a lot of distractions behind the wheel. Phone calls, eating, drinking, and slapping the kids around are one thing, but something that's always irked us is drivers traveling with pets on their laps. Aside from the possibility of Fluffy freaking out and doing its doggone best to ...

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    It's just a bill, that can't get passed: Senate fails to move energy bill forward

    Despite being passed by the House of Representatives yesterday by a 235 to 181 margin, the new energy bill reached the Senate floor this morning and failed to muster enough votes to move on to the White House, where the President has threatened a veto of it in its current state. The Senate vote was ...

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    New fuel economy standards set 35 mpg limit by 2020

    The word yesterday was that new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards were on their way down from Capitol Hill, and late last night House leaders finally agreed to a deal that would increase fuel economy standards to 35 mpg by 2020 – a 40-percent increase over the current ...


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