By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Congress, President Obama, and now the UAW are backing legislation to give Americans cash to turn their old clunkers in for new Made in America cars. "Properly constructed, this type of program could stimulate auto sales and boost production and jobs for American workers, while also helping to reduce oil consumption and greenhouse gas," Alan Reuther, the autoworkers union's legislative director, said in a letter to Congress. A copy was provided to Whispers. In backing the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act, or CARS, Reuther was opposing a similar bill that opens up the type of cars people can trade for to more foreign imports. That bill—Accelerated Retirement of Inefficient Vehicles Act—"would use taxpayers' dollars to subsidize foreign auto production, while undermining the jobs of American workers," he said.
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