The Senate-passed energy bill is an affront to Michigan workers and companies.  This bill would require automakers to raise fuel efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, a more than 40% increase.  If this bill were to become law it would devastate our domestic auto industry and throw countless auto workers out of their jobs.

It is difficult to understand the Senate's outright contempt for the industry and the people who work in it.  Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D-Nev.) seems to even have a hard time understanding that his actions will have an adverse effect on average Americans who work in the industry or whose jobs are supported by the industry, or if he does he seems not to care.

This legislation now comes to the House where Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been gearing up to pass similar legislation.  I have been proud to work with my Democratic Michigan colleague John Dingell (D-Mich.) and the rest of the Michigan delegation on bi-partisan legislation that will actually save energy and protect Michigan jobs.  I hope that the other Democratic leadership understands that the auto companies are more than just giant corporate entities; they are also the people who work there and the families that depend on a healthy industry.