House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid have pulled a parliamentary stunt to cram through Congress the large increase in federal fuel economy standards which was passed in the Senate energy bill, but was rejected in the House.
The standard is opposed by all automakers except Nissan, including GM, Ford, and Toyota.
Compliance with the mandates is predicted by the automakers to raise the cost of a car by $5000 per car.
The Senate version of the bill is backed largely by Democrats, who control both the Senate and the House.
It has been vigorously supported by both Pelosi and Reid, both Democrats.