WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mark Pryor says he supports a bill that would increase fuel efficiency standards to an average 35 miles per gallon by 2020. The Democrat from Arkansas says the bill is a starting point to reducing U.S. reliance on foreign oil and cutting the cost of gasoline. Pryor is a member of the Senate Commitee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The panel approved the fuel economy bill and sent it on to the full Senate.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which includes Detroit's automakers and Toyota Motor Corporation, has said the measure is unattainable and would threaten jobs.