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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced last March 7 a bill entitled “the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2013” in the Senate and House, respectively.

The Michigan lawmakers’ legislation is intended to spur the development of new, clean auto technologies, help drivers use less gas, reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, support American auto manufacturers and create thousands of good-paying, middle-class jobs across the country, especially in Michigan.

The bill reauthorizes and improves an initiative that helps automakers and parts suppliers conduct research and create innovations to build next-generation, highly fuel efficient cars and trucks, and keeping American automakers globally competitive and on the leading edge of new vehicle technologies.

The bill has the support of organizations such as the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), the Blue-Green Alliance, the UAW and Eaton Vehicle Group.

“Our automakers are surging back with new innovations and new technologies, and we need to keep that momentum going,” said Senator Stabenow. “Ensuring that Michigan continues to lead the world in advanced vehicle development, creates good-paying jobs, lowers costs at the pump and makes us less dependent on foreign oil, I am pleased to partner with Congressman Peters in introducing this legislation that will help boost our economy and help provide part of the long-term solution to the battle against rising gas prices.”

“I’m proud to work with Senator Stabenow to introduce the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act because we must continue standing with American auto manufacturers to grow our economy,” said Congressman Peters.“By forging a stronger public-private partnership to research and develop new 21st-century auto technologies in our communities, we’ll ensure that the innovations of tomorrow are built by the hardworking men and women of the American auto industry. We’ll never stop fighting to strengthen our middle-class and ensure that Detroit is always known as the Motor City.”

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“MEMA applauds Sen. Stabenow and Rep. Peters on the introduction of the Advanced Vehicle Technology bill,” said Bob McKenna, MEMA president and CEO. “This legislation will help motor vehicle parts manufacturers develop the components and systems that will be necessary for future cutting edge vehicles. MEMA will continue to work with Congressman Peters and Senator Stabenow to move this legislation and have it signed into law.”