What: All Issues : Environment : Air Pollution : S. 14. Energy Policy/Vote to Mandate Increases in Fuel Efficiency Standards in Automobiles. (2003 senate Roll Call 309)
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S. 14. Energy Policy/Vote to Mandate Increases in Fuel Efficiency Standards in Automobiles.
senate Roll Call 309     Jul 29, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

In an effort to pass energy legislation before the August recess, Senate Majority Leader Frist (R-TN) placed the Bush Administration's stalled energy plan back on the Senate's agenda. On this vote, Senator Durbin (D-IL) proposed a mandated increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards to twenty-five miles-per-gallon by 2006. After 2006, the standards would gradually increase until reaching forty miles-per-gallon by 2015. Progressives strongly endorsed Durbin's amendment as a way to reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil and mitigate the global warming trend caused by concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon monoxide. Despite strong support from Progressives, eighteen Democrats joined forty-four Republicans in defeating Durbin's amendment by a 32-65 vote margin.

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