Congress Nears 'Cash for Clunkers' Deal

Compromise would put voucher at $4,500, nix buy-American clause
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 6, 2009 3:19 PM CDT
Domestic automakers welcome the plan, which would provide Americans incentive to buy new cars.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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(Newser) – Congress is nearing agreement on a “cash for clunkers” plan that would pay Americans to give up their gas-guzzling vehicles. A House plan outlined yesterday focuses on cars and light trucks that yield less than 18 miles per gallon. Owners who junk those will receive a $3,500-$4,500 voucher, depending on the relative efficiency of their new ride, the New York Times.

The compromise plan eases the initial mileage eligibility to just 4 mpg more than the previous car. It excludes used cars, but no longer limits the reduced vouchers to American vehicles. Domestic automakers still support the year-long initiative, which Democrats say will take 1 million cars off roads. The Senate has yet to reach agreement on the Obama-endorsed idea.