Senators want evaluation of 'cash for clunkers' before vote

Two senators wrote Transportion Secretary Ray LaHood asking for an evaluation of the the "cash for clunkers" program before the Senate takes up a vote to extend the program's funding this week.

Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinEverything you need to know about the National Guard's bonus controversy Lawmakers praise bonus-clawback suspension, pledge permanent fix Defense chief pledges to 'resolve' bonus clawback issue MORE (D-Calif.) and Susan CollinsSusan CollinsRepublican opposition to raising the minimum wage Is crumbling 5 takeaways from the Indiana Senate debate GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election MORE (R-Maine), two principal authors of the initial bill, asked LaHood for key statistics on the number of cars purchased under the program, and the extent of the environmental impact expected to be gained by the program.

"We believe that Congress needs this information immediately in order to evaluate the program's effectiveness in attaining its two goals of stimulating automobile sales and reducing oil consumption," the senators wrote. "Without strong data on the effectiveness of the program, it will be more difficult for Congress to evaluate and improve the current program."

The extension of the program may face a bit more of an uphill climb in the Senate compared to the House, which easily passed the fast-tracked bill. Sen. John McCainJohn McCainCruz: Precedent exists for keeping Supreme Court short-staffed Trump promises ‘new deal for Black America’ Endangered GOP senator: I don't know for whom I'll vote MORE (R-Ariz.), for instance, pledged to filibuster an extension.

(Hat tip: SenateUS)