Bill would add $216M to new vehicle research

September 3, 2009

Bill would add $216M to new vehicle research

By Justin Hyde
Free Press Washington Staff

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House will consider a proposal this month from Rep. Gary Peters that would boost federal spending on research into new vehicle technologies by $216 million.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, will make an announcement on the bill this afternoon in Troy.

Peters’ bill calls for $550 million to be spent by the U.S. Department of Energy on vehicle research in the 2010 fiscal year, up from the $334 million the Obama administration requested.

The proposal has the backing of major automakers and the UAW, and passed a House committee without objection in July.

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