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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) found that White House advisers had a great deal to do with the writing of the rules

Last week, 30 U.S. senators (29 of which were Democrats) gave President Barack Obama their support for the 54.5 mpg fuel standard by 2025. However, House Republicans still had a bone to pick with these new rules.

The new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) proposal, which was introduced by the Obama administration, the state of California and major automakers, aims to increase the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. to 54.5 mpg by 2025 in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the U.S.' dependency on foreign oil.

When the new rules were initially proposed last year, major automakers like Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Chrysler backed it. However, the standard had some strong opposition from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), who said the new rules would tack an extra $5,000 to the sticker price of new vehicles in 2025, as well as Republicans who worked to block the standard last fall because they believed that it would regulate many new vehicles that sell for under $15,000 entirely out of existence.

Now, despite the rules getting the green light from 30 U.S. senators, House Republicans still have beef with the new rules. More specifically, GOP has been looking into how involved Obama's advisers were in the development of the new 2017-2025 fuel efficiency standards.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he investigated Obama's advisers' involvement last August when speaking to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler.

"Your response seemed to imply that the Executive Office of the President was not significantly involved in the development of these fuel economy/greenhouse gas emissions standards," Issa wrote to Ruemmler.

As it turns out, Issa's investigation discovered that there was indeed substantial participation in the development of the new standards by the White House's Office of Management and Budget, Domestic Policy Council, National Economic Council and Council of Economic Quality.

Ron Bloom, a White House adviser under the Obama administration, spent weeks trying to negotiate with automakers for support regarding the 54.5 mpg by 2025 standard. Bloom also spoke with lobbyists daily in July 2011, ad former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley met with Ford CEO Alan Mulally.

A finalized version of the rules is due this summer.

Source: The Detroit News

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but Obama said
By shin0bi272 on 3/1/2012 10:00:48 PM , Rating: 2
Obama said that his czars had no power and thus didnt need to be confirmed by the senate... It appears he lied... what a shocker!

RE: but Obama said
By thurston2 on 3/1/2012 11:44:14 PM , Rating: 2
Every president since Roosevelt has had Czars. Only two presidents: Eisenhower and H W Bush had all of their Czars confirmed by the senate. Czars are not something new that the Obama administration came up with. Four of the current Czars were appointed by the Bush administration.

RE: but Obama said
By room200 on 3/2/2012 3:26:12 AM , Rating: 2
Stop using facts damn you!

RE: but Obama said
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 3/2/2012 11:21:52 AM , Rating: 2
Once again... taking a relevant statement and twisting it to work in your favor.

The original poster said: Obama's Czars didn't need Senate approval because they supposedly didn't come with any power. Turns out, they did come with certain powers. Hence, the LIE.

You're reply was: Czars don't need Senate confirmation; its been done before by all but 2 presidents.

What you didn't answer was: Do czars that will have certain powers require confirmation? If so, which type? What Czars DID get senate confirmation outside of Eisenhower and Bush and what was their role? Were they the same in this case?

The ENTIRE POINT that you missed was.... some Czars that have questionable backgrounds and/or come with certain powers probably better served by having Senate confirmation. Because Obama knew that would never fly, he bypassed the entire system to force a position that would have otherwise been denied.

RE: but Obama said
By thurston2 on 3/3/2012 4:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
I was not twisting anything all I did was add information to the post. I also included a link just like my other posts so the reader could find out more if they wanted. Just wanting it to be clear that unlike what most people thing presidential czars have been around for a while, they are not some new Obama thing. I don't even like Obama,he's no different than Bush but people need the whole truth.

RE: but Obama said
By shin0bi272 on 3/3/2012 1:29:01 PM , Rating: 2
If they are making policy and have control over some aspect of the economy then they arent czars they are secretaries of whatever part of the economy they are in control over (i.e. sec of agriculture).

Plus wasnt it obama back in 08 that said that he didnt see a problem with 5 dollars a gallon gas but he thought we just got there a little too quickly? So he comes in and has the epa raise the cafe standards so high that all cars will have to be hybrids and thus qualify for the 7,500 tax credit and thus redistribute more wealth. But hes not a communist or anything noooo. Oh and I think it was chucky schmucky schumer that said he wants to raise the tax credit to 10k.

You cant redistribute your way to prosperity and youd think you'd know that by looking at russia but I guess the left is just going to turn a blind eye to the fact that communism has failed everywhere its been tried. You think those foxconn employees that are working for 51cents an hour and 80hour weeks are killing themselves over their wife cheating on them? No its the communist government forcing them to work as long as they physically can for no money because that's how communism works. And THAT my friend is what the left has been pushing on us for over 100 years.

Have a nice day :)

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