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  • Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015

    by Representative Stephen F. Lynch

    Posted on 2015-09-28

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    LYNCH. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    I rise in support of S. 565, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act, introduced by Senator Peters of Michigan.

    I would also like to recognize Representative Bill Huizenga of Michigan for his good work on this legislation.

    S. 565 passed the United States Senate by unanimous consent last month. With today's House passage, it can go straight to the President's desk for his signature.

    The Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act would require the head of each Federal agency to encourage the use of remanufactured vehicle components if doing so would reduce costs while maintaining high quality. The intent behind this bill is to raise awareness of the option of using remanufactured parts and inform agency fleet managers of this cost-saving option.

    I would note that the bill encourages the heads of Federal agencies to use remanufactured parts, but the decision ultimately to do so would remain at the discretion of fleet managers.

    According to a March 2013 Government Accountability Office report, Federal agencies spent about $1 billion on vehicle repair and maintenance in 2011. The report also found that remanufactured vehicle components tend to be much less expensive. For example, the Postal Service and the Department of Interior informed GAO that they rely on remanufactured vehicle components to reduce costs.

    Mr. Speaker, this is a commonsense piece of legislation that seeks to save taxpayer dollars and better ensure that the Federal Government is purchasing high-quality products.

    I urge Members on both sides of the aisle to vote for this bill.

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