Monday, January 29, 2007

Wishy Washy Walsh Finds New Position on Car Gas Mileage

So Jim Walsh sent out a press release the other day making the following claim:

Rep. James T. Walsh this week signed on as an original co-sponsor to legislation (H.R. 656) that will raise Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars, sport utility vehicles, minivans, and pickup trucks sold in the United States.

Well that is great, but 2 years ago, he voted against increasing CAFE standards.

Okay, maybe they were different, let's look at what Walsh's cosponsored bill would do:

Walsh's legislation directs the Secretary of Transportation to raise CAFE standards from the current level of 25 miles per gallon (mpg) to 33 mpg over the next 10 years.

And what did the Amendment Sherry Boehlert offer do:

Amendment sought to require the Department of Transportation to raise fuel economy standards for automobiles from today's average of 25 miles per gallon to 33 miles per gallon by 2015.

Exactly the same, so Wishy Washy Walsh, why the change of heart?


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