06.16.15

Detroit News: Senate passes Peters federal vehicle repair bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a measure to reduce the nearly $1 billion in annual federal vehicle repair costs by encouraging the use of remanufactured auto parts.

The bill was the first introduced by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who took office in early January. The measure was co-sponsored by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. The pair introduced the proposal last year when they were both in the U.S. House.

Peters said the bill will “reduce wasteful spending, ensure tax dollars are being used efficiently and support the growing remanufacturing industry in Michigan and across the country.”

“When we fix federal vehicles, let’s also fix our federal budget,” Lankford said. “The Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Saving Act is a commonsense solution to conserve American taxpayer dollars while using good-as-new auto parts remanufactured in the U.S.”

Remanufactured parts are often less expensive than new parts and have been returned to same-as-new condition.


By:  David Shepardson