The Presidential Planner: Obama Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards

Jul 29, 2011 8:08am

ABC News’ Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) reports:

As the White House continues to wait for the House to vote on the speaker’s plan to raise the debt limit, President Obama will finally come before the public after three days of closed-door meetings at the White House.

However, the president will not be talking about the ongoing debt debate. Instead, this morning Obama will announce the next round of fuel efficiency standards for vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2025. The president is expected to set fuel-economy standards of 54.5 miles-per-gallon by 2025.

Also today, the president will welcome leaders of emerging African democracies to the White House. Obama will meet with President Boni Yayi of Benin, President Alpha Condé of Guinea, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, and President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire to discuss economic development and the building of strong democratic institutions.

Obama is scheduled to make brief remarks to the press at the end of the meeting, where it’s possible he could also comment on the Capitol Hill stalemate over the debt.

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