WASHINGTON (July 25, 2005) — A congressional conference committee considering separate Senate and House energy bills has dropped an amendment calling for a National Tire Fuel Efficiency Program, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which had lobbied against it.
The amendment had been added to the Senate energy bill by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., repeating a maneuver he tried two years ago.
During the course of the debate in the conference committee, the RMA said, the tire efficiency provision was changed to include unnecessary and burdensome reporting requirements that would have been in addition to those already required by the Transportation Recall, Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act.
The RMA lobbied several senators and representatives to have the provision removed from the bill. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, chaired the committee.
The conference committee was expected to complete work on the energy bill as early as today, an RMA spokesman said.