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Senate OKs Additional $2 Billion for Clunkers

As expected, the Senate has approved $2 billion in additional funds for the dried-up Cash for Clunkers program.  President Obama plans to sign the bill right away so the Clunkers program can keep on truckin'.  Phew!  That could've been a real PR nightmare for the White House!  The budget for the Clunkers program now sits comfortably at $3 billion--only three times the original estimate, but what's a few billion dollars amongst friends? 
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In other Clunkers news, common sense has apparently decided to take its own August recess.  Earlier today, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn introduced an amendment that would try and save some traded-in clunkers from the scrap metal yard.  Coburn's amendment would've allowed for "reliable" clunkers that have been traded-in to be donated to local charities to assist low-income families with no vehicle.  Fifty-six Democratic Senators voted to defeat Coburn's amendment.  Is the supposed War on Poverty taking backseat to a war on...car exhaust?

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