energy bill – the first of its kind in five years – has passed both chambers of
Congress and is being negotiated in a conference committee.
President Bush asked for a final version by Aug. 1, barring
delays that might be created by his nomination for the Supreme Court. The
Senate passed its $14 billion version of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 on June 28. The House approved its version of
the bill in April, which called for spending $8 billion.
contains a number of measures that could affect the trucking industry.
Bond, R-MO, and Sen. Carl Levin, D-MI, led the opposition to SA902, which would
have increased non-passenger vehicle fuel economy by 6.5 miles per gallon and
12.5 miles per gallon for four-wheelers during the next 11 years. Instead, the
two senators proposed and passed an amendment that keeps auto standards under
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration authority.
Under another amendment
sponsored by Sen. George Voinovich, R-OH, truck owners could receive part of up
to $1 billion in funding to replace their older trucks, or retrofit them to
meet emissions standards.
The bill also
includes a provision to increase the length of daylight-saving time, which
currently begins on the first Sunday of April and ends on the last Sunday of
October. The amendment would push the beginning date back to the first Sunday
of March and the ending date to last Sunday of November.
– By Aaron
Ladage, staff writer