The Obama administration wants to cut a $50 million program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) does not.
"It would mean that all the research and development that the federal government helped fund would go down the drain," Schumer said Monday. "How dumb!"
Speaking in front of a massive semitruck at the Delphi plant in Henrietta, N.Y., Schumer announced efforts to fight a proposed cut in the 2013 budget.
Schumer says the move would hinder efforts by Delphi to produce its solid oxide fuel cell. The device is designed to power the electrical systems in today's big rigs.
"The kind of funding that Delphi depends on could run dry," Schumer said, "leaving Delphi and its fuel cell technology a yard short of the goal line."