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 FeinsteinDems urge Obama to release info on Russian links to DNC hack Hotel lobby cheers scrutiny on Airbnb GOP platform attempts middle ground on encryption debate MORE (D-Calif.) and Susan CollinsSusan CollinsTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense The Trail 2016: Words matter Lobbyists bolting Trump convention early 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 McCainMcCain granddaughter comes out in support of Clinton With reservations, moving toward Hillary Clinton FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention MORE (R-Ariz.), for instance, pledged to filibuster an extension.

(Hat tip: SenateUS)

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