Dec 15, 2006 (From the CalCars-News archive)
In the first letter of its kind of PHEVs, this week, 17 Senators and 21 Representatives from both sides of the aisle wrote to Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman and Office of Management and Budget Director Robert Portman, urging that the Fiscal Year 2008 budget request include at least $90M in funding for PHEVs.
These groups are also supporting passage of the bi-partisan, bi-cameral Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act, which will be re-introduced in revised form in the next Congressional session, and will have many additional provisions involving PHEVs.
Here's the text of the Senate letter (the House letter was almost identical), followed by the names of the signers (in the order they appear on the two letters; the Senate letter is dated Dec. 8, the House letter Dec. 13):
The Honorable Samuel Bodman
Secretary, US Department of Energy
The Honorable Robert Portman
Director, Office of Management and Budget
Dear Secretary Bodman and Director Portman
As you prepare the President's Fiscal Year 2008 budget request, we urge you to include adequate funding for Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). Specifically we hope the President will request at least $90 million of funding for PHEVs including $45 million for advanced batteries, $20 million in PHEV analysis, system modeling and component study, $20 milliion in support of a pending executive order for demonstration vehicles (light- and medium-duty), and $5 million under the joint flex-fuel/hybrid vehicle commercialization initiative (section 706 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005).
As you know, PHEVs promise to significantly reduce our nation's dependence on oil while saving consumers hundreds of dollars at the pump each year and greatly reducing vehicular pollution and greenhouse gasses. The 2005 Energy Policy Act laid the framework for beginning to reduce oil dependence through a next generation of vehicles. A financial commitment from the federal government is vital if we are to see PEHVs on the road over the next few years.
Thanks for your consideration
Senators Evan Bayh, Sam Brownback, Joe Lieberman, Norm Coleman, Ken Salazar, Richard G. Lugar, Barack Obama, Orrin hatch, Debbie Stabenow, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Maria Cantwell, Kerb Kohl, Dianne Feinstein, Christopher Dodd, Carl Levin, Olympia Snowe
Representatives Eliot L. Engel, Jack Kingston, Bart Stupak, Lee Terry, Jay Inslee, Roscoe G. Bartlett, Bobby L. Rush, John Campbell, Tammy Baldwin, Judy Bigger, Tom Lantos, Mike Ross, Maurice D. Hinchey, Peter A. DeFazio, Howard L. Berman, Linda Sanchez, Lloyd Doggett, Rahm Emanuel, Sandy M. Levin, Allyson Y Schwartz, Doris O. Matsui