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Reports out of Washington D.C. say the House of Representatives has approved a trimmed-down version of the energy bill that would lead to the creation of a rolling resistance consumer education program.

The bill, which was approved by the United States Senate last week, now heads to the White House for final presidential approval.

If the bill becomes law, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will have up to 24 months to start rulemaking on the program, says Dan Zielinksi, a spokesman for the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

The RMA is in favor of a national rolling resistance consumer education program rather than the prospect of each state creating its own program.

A national program would "pre-empt 49 states from creating their own programs. California already has their own."

The bill also contains language designed to help small business owners reduce their energy costs.

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