Top US Democrat hails 'cash for clunker' auto bill


WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) - A top U.S. congressional Democratic on Tuesday hailed a White House-backed bid to provide consumers a voucher toward buying new fuel-efficient vehicles in exchange for a poorer performing older model. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer said the proposal could help the ailing U.S. auto industry as well as reduce air pollution. "The idea of getting gas-guzzling, polluting vehicles off the road with a subsidy which encourages the purchase ...

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