49 U.S. Code § 32916. Reports to Congress

(a)Annual Report.—
Not later than January 15 of each year, the Secretary of Transportation shall submit to each House of Congress, and publish in the Federal Register, a report on the review by the Secretary of average fuel economy standards prescribed under this chapter.
(b)Joint Examinations After Granting Exemptions.—
(1) After an exemption has been granted under section 32904(b)(6)[1] of this title, the Secretaries of Transportation and Labor shall conduct annually a joint examination of the extent to which section 32904(b)(6)[1]
achieves the purposes of this chapter;
improves fuel efficiency (thereby facilitating conservation of petroleum and reducing petroleum imports);
has promoted employment in the United States related to automobile manufacturing;
has not caused unreasonable harm to the automobile manufacturing sector in the United States; and
has permitted manufacturers that have assembled passenger automobiles deemed to be manufactured domestically under section 32904(b)(2) of this title thereafter to assemble in the United States passenger automobiles of the same model that have less than 75 percent of their value added in the United States or Canada, together with the reasons.
The Secretary of Transportation shall include the results of the examination under paragraph (1) of this subsection in each report submitted under subsection (a) of this section more than 180 days after an exemption has been granted under section 32904(b)(6) of this title, or submit the results of the examination directly to Congress before the report is submitted when circumstances warrant.

Historical and Revision Notes

Pub. L. 103–272



Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)



Oct. 20, 1972, Pub. L. 92–513, 86 Stat. 947, § 502(a)(2); added Dec. 22, 1975, Pub. L. 94–163, § 301, 89 Stat. 902.



Oct. 20, 1972, Pub. L. 92–513, 86 Stat. 947, § 512(c); added Oct. 10, 1980, Pub. L. 96–425, § 4(a)(2), 94 Stat. 1823.



In subsection (a), the words “a report on the review by the Secretary” are substituted for “a review” for clarity. The words “beginning in 1977” and the text of 15:2002(a) (2d, last sentences) are omitted as executed.

In subsection (b)(1), before clause (A), reference to section 32904(b)(4) the 2d time it appears is substituted for “the amendment made to section 2003(b) of this title by section 4(a)(1) of the Automobile Fuel Efficiency Act of 1980” for clarity and to eliminate unnecessary words. Clause (B) is substituted for “achieves the purposes of that Act” for clarity.

In subsection (b)(2), the reference to “subsection (a) of this section” is restated to refer to 15:2002(a) rather than 15:2012(a) to reflect the apparent intent of Congress. Although 15:2012(c)(2) refers to an annual report under 15:2012(a), that provision does not provide for an annual report.

Pub. L. 103–429

This makes conforming amendments necessary because of the restatement of 15:2003(b)(2)(G) as 49:32904(b)(3) by section 6(36)(B) of the bill.

References in Text

Paragraph (6) of section 32904(b) of this title, referred to in subsec. (b), was repealed by Pub. L. 110–140, title I, § 113(a), Dec. 19, 2007, 121 Stat. 1508.


1994—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 103–429, in par. (1), introductory provisions, substituted “32904(b)(6)” for “32904(b)(4)” in two places, in par. (1)(E), substituted “32904(b)(2)” for “32904(b)(1)(A)”, and in par. (2), substituted “32904(b)(6)” for “32904(b)(4)”.

[1]  See References in Text note below.