Washington lawmakers late Thursday approve a watered-down energy bill that includes a 40% increase in federal fuel-economy standards, ending weeks of debate and forcing auto makers to spend billions of dollars to meet the strict measure. The Senate voted 86-8 in favor of the bill, and it’s expected to go before the House next week. President Bush earlier threatened to veto the bill because of the tax burdens it would place on Americans and the potential impact on energy companies. But with ...

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