After a two-year long uphill battle, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) succeeded in getting his pet project, a fuel-efficient tweak of the federal vehicle-leasing program, approved last year as part of the energy bill. Now, with gas prices hitting new record highs every week, the EPA has finally unveiled the list of vehicles that House members will be able to lease under Cleaver's proposal, reports McClatchy's David Goldstein.
There had been a lot of (predictable) grumbling in the House when the measure was first proposed, mostly from congressmen in western states that had complained that they needed gas-guzzling SUVs and other big cars to navigate their constituencies' "rougher" terrain. Others, of course, just didn't want to relinquish the keys to their sleek (and otherwise fuel-inefficient) sports vehicles.
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