Unlike U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, and -to some extent - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, Sen. Kit Bond seems far more open to refueling the "Cash for Clunkers" program.
The U.S. House passed legislation moving $2 billion from the federal stimulus package to the program that provides government rebates for people who trade in old vehicles. Luetkemeyer was one of 109 lawmakers to vote against the bill.
While McCaskill said she would consider legislation that would not use new funds for the program, Bond expressed fairly positive sentiments about the proposal in a statement.
“An extension paid for with unused stimulus dollars makes sense since this program seems to have worked better then the misnamed recovery act," Bond said in an e-mailed statement.
The Senate is expected to take up the issue next week.