RMA remains diligent in opposing Schumer amendment

June 27, 2005

Last week, the Senate passed by unanimous consent an amendment to the energy bill (H.R. 6) proposed by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that would require the U.S. Department of Transportion to establish a "tire efficiency program" and ensure that the rolling resistance of replacement tires is equal to or better than original equipment tires.

(See "RMA opposes energy bill amendment," June 23, 2005, Web item.)

According to Dan Zielinski, vice president of communications for the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the Senate is expected to pass H.R. 6 on Tuesday, June 28. "The House already has passed a different version of the measure. Differences between the House and Senate versions will need to be resolved by a House-Senate conference committee.

"RMA will meet with members of the conference committee once those members are named as well as other key members of Congress to urge that the Schumer Amendment be dropped from the final measure."