1990 Scorecard Vote
Automobiles are an important contributor to urban air pollution problems. While new cars come equipped with pollution control devices, the controls must be durable enough to keep reducing emissions for the life of the vehicle. Parts with a longer warranty will be built to last longer. Under current law, emissions controls must carry a five-year (or 50,000 mile) warranty. The committee bill rolled this requirement back to two-years and 24,000 miles.
The Sikorski-Green amendment sought to extend the warranty on two major components of the emissions control system, including the catalytic converter, to eight years or 80,000 miles. The amendment was adopted with a vote of 239-180 on May 23. Yes is the pro-environment vote.