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            Washington—Thirty senators today called on 14 automakers to join the agreement reached last month between California and Ford, BMW, Volkswagen and Honda to maintain strict fuel-efficiency rules.

            “In the absence of an agreement between the Federal government and states, the California agreement is a commonsense framework that provides flexibility to the industry to meet tailpipe standards while also taking important steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on fuel for consumers,” the senators wrote.

            Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) led the letters that were sent to Aston Martin, Fiat Chrysler, GM, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota and Volvo.

            A total of 30 senators signed the letter. In addition to Senator Feinstein, signatories included Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

            Full text of the letter to General Motors follows:

August 6, 2019

Ms. Mary T. Barra
Chairman and CEO
General Motors Company
300 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243

Dear Ms. Barra,

            We call on you to join the recent agreement between California and Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW of North America to continue progress toward producing less polluting vehicles.

            As representatives of states that signed the Nation’s Clean Car Promise, we believe that General Motors joining this agreement would save consumers money, reduce emissions, and provide regulatory certainty to the auto industry.

            In the absence of an agreement between the Federal government and states, the California agreement is a commonsense framework that provides flexibility to the industry to meet tailpipe standards while also taking important steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on fuel for consumers.

            As you know, in 2012, national emissions standards were agreed to for Model Years 2017-2025. In 2018, the Trump Administration proposed to roll back these standards and freeze them at 2020 levels through Model Year 2026. Last month, automakers representing 85% of the U.S. market asked the White House to work with California to develop a single national standard, warning of uncertainty in the market and the auto industry jobs at stake. While the White House has refused this request, four automakers engaged California in the development of a proposal that provides the regulatory certainty requested by automakers and defends state authority under the Clean Air Act.

            We urge you to join this agreement, and we look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

Thomas R. Carper
United States Senator

Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

Edward J. Markey
United States Senator

Tammy Baldwin
United States Senator

Michael F. Bennet
United States Senator

Richard Blumenthal
United States Senator

Benjamin L. Cardin
United States Senator

Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator

Christopher A. Coons
United States Senator

Tammy Duckworth
United States Senator

Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator

Kirsten Gillibrand
United States Senator

Kamala D. Harris
United States Senator

Mazie K. Hirono
United States Senator

Amy Klobuchar
United States Senator

Patrick Leahy
United States Senator

Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator

Christopher S. Murphy
United States Senator

Patty Murray
United States Senator

Jack Reed
United States Senator

Bernard Sanders
United States Senator

Brian Schatz
United States Senator

Tina Smith
United States Senator

Tom Udall
United States Senator

Chris Van Hollen
United States Senator

Elizabeth Warren
United States Senator

Sheldon Whitehouse
United States Senator

Ron Wyden
United States Senator

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