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Senate to mull fate of "cash for clunkers"

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fate of the "cash for clunkers" program will be decided as the Senate meets for a final week before the summer break.

Adding $2 billion to the basically broke program got the green light from the House last week.

The administration says it will have to suspend the wildly popular rebate program unless the Senate goes along, but that's not a sure thing.

Some senators who voted for it earlier this year believe this funding should require consumers to buy much more fuel efficient vehicles than the program requires. And some say used fuel efficient vehicles should also be in the mix.

On the other side are Republicans who wonder why the auto industry is getting a hand during tough times, but other businesses aren't.


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