Sen. Boxer wants stronger CARS program

August 1, 2009 6:37:51 PM PDT
The "Cash for Clunkers" program is now depending on a jump start from the Senate to keep it running. During a visit to Northern California Saturday, Senator Barbara Boxer says the program is good, but it could be better.

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"If I had written Cash for Clunkers I might have written it a little stronger," she said. "Because right now, you get rid of a car, it's only, you have to buy a new car that does four miles per gallon better. I think we could have done a little bit better."

Other senators, including Dianne Feinstein, also want the program to focus more on reduced emissions and increased fuel efficiency. They are threatening to vote against $2 billion dollars in additional funding for the program.

The Senate is expected to vote next week. House lawmakers approved the additional cash on Friday.

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