White House Pushes to Clear Up Clunkers Backlog

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2009 1:04 PM CDT
Used cars are seen in a dumpster to draw attention to the "Cash for Clunkers" program at Performance Chevrolet in Sacramento, Calif.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The White House has asked Citigroup, which is administering the Cash for Clunkers program, to double or even triple the number of workers processing paperwork, Bloomberg reports. That move could clear up a backlog of dealer applications that grew with the surprise success of the program. The administration also says it will make a “good-faith effort” to honor further deals made under the plan as Harry Reid's office said today a Senate vote on further funding could come this week.

“We are closely monitoring the processing of vouchers and are prepared to take whatever additional steps needed to meet the unprecedented volume,” a Department of Transportation spokesman says, though she was unclear on the current number of workers on the project.