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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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Republican is Congress opose the White House
By Boingo Twang on 3/2/2012 3:15:59 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly how is this in any way news? It's exactly the same obstructionist nonsense they have been pulling ever since the guy was elected. It's why we hear all the same whining nonsense about GM and the Chevy Volt and the financing of alternative energy and every single positive thing the guy has done. They hate him and anything he does, especially if it's good for the country and for the citizens.

Get over it guys, he's the president and will be for the next term too. Start trying to improve the country along with the president, not just standing in opposition to everything he does and trying to tear things down.

By Boingo Twang on 3/2/2012 3:46:36 PM , Rating: 2
Make that "Republicans in Congress oppose the White House". Still nothing new here folks, just the same old right wing "I hate Obama" propaganda.

By shin0bi272 on 3/3/2012 1:20:58 PM , Rating: 1
Hey let me know when they start the movie about assassinating him. Let me know when the republicans start saying that any nominee to the supreme court barry brings is called a baby killer.

I wont hold my breath because its the democrats like good old ted kennedy that make these types of claims and republicans vote based on traditional values.

Where in the constitution does it say that the government gets to play venture capitalist? Where does it give them the power to spend our money on shit other than the military or their paychecks? Find it for me in article 1 section 8 (the powers of congress). Giving billions of dollars to foreign oil companies and green energy companies here (which as we've seen have been horribly run and out produced by chinese companies every time) is not in the constitution.

And lastly go look at when the economy started getting even the little bit better that its gotten (and even that's debatable because most people agree that the reason the unemployment is dropping is because people are falling off the U3 rolls and we arent adding enough jobs to be a net positive since we loose 375k jobs a week and add 250k jobs a month)... it didnt start happening till the republicans took over in the house and gridlocked the government. But you can go right on believing that his trillion dollar spending 3 years ago "saved us from another depression". Just keep telling yourself that pal. Wont make it true.

By Boingo Twang on 3/7/2012 11:01:00 AM , Rating: 2
Where in the constitution does it say that the government gets to play venture capitalist?

Where exactly does it say the govt. (you know, We The People) can't do these things?

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