Markey had been considering attaching his proposal to that energy bill and indicated that he felt he had sufficient support of the rules. However, intensive lobbying by the auto industry, including Toyota, has persuaded Markey to wait until September when the House takes up John Dingell's D-MI global warming package. The Markey proposal will now face a challenge from an alternative put forward by Reps. Baron Hill, D-Ind., and Lee Terry, R-Neb and supported that would mandate 32-35mpg by 2022.
Unfortunately, so far no one in congress seems to have any real interest in actually doing to politically more difficult but necessary thing of restructuring fuel taxes to reflect the true cost of fuel.
[Source: Detroit Free Press]