KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — U.S. Senator Gary Peters was in Kentwood Tuesday to promote a bill that would encourage the federal government to use remanufactured parts to maintain its massive fleet of vehicles.
Touring North American Fuel Systems Remanufacturing, Peters said similar companies can benefit greatly from the bill, and that the government could save up to 50 percent in expenses.
“Often times what will happen in government procurement, they will just look at the new part. They won’t even considering bidding a remanufactured part,” Peters said. “With passage of this bill, when we get it passed, it will be really a direction for the federal government to look at remanufactured parts and when they compare it, the remanufactured part is going to come out ahead, probably, most of the time.”
A release from Peters’ office said the federal government currently spends some $1 billion annually to keep its vehicles running.
Peters says his bill will cut wasteful spending and support remanufacturing suppliers.
The bipartisan Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act, which is co-sponsored by Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, has cleared committee in the U.S. Senate. U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, is sponsoring a similar bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.