Cheap Gas Means U.S. Should Ease Auto Efficiency, Lawmakers Say

  • Republicans on House Energy Subcommittee cite job losses
  • EPA and NHTSA defend regulations that aim for 50 mpg cars

The U.S. auto industry got strong backing from Republicans in Congress as it petitions the federal government for an easing of fuel-economy rules that carmakers say they cannot meet with low gasoline prices.

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