Congress has approved legislation that would allow the Architect of the Capitol to construct battery-recharging stations for electric cars in congressional parking areas.
The bill passed in the Senate on Thursday by unanimous consent, after passing in the House earlier that day. It now heads to President Obama's desk for his signature.
“I am extremely pleased that we have taken this important step toward establishing charging stations in the Capitol,” Kildee said. “This bill will make owning electric vehicles more accessible for consumers and encourages others to install charging stations.”
H.R.1402 would allow members of Congress, and anyone authorized to park on Capitol grounds, to use the recharging stations.
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It’s no coincidence that Michigan lawmakers introduced the legislation — Detroit automakers have been making recent strides in electric car manufacturing, such as Chevrolet's Volt and Ford's electric Focus.
“These cars are helping re-energize the domestic auto industry, helping our local economies in Michigan and throughout our nation,” Kildee said. “I am committed to the strength of the domestic auto industry, and electric cars are a critical part of the future of American auto manufacturing.”