More than half of the money goes to battery manufacturing. US-made hybrids are currently dependent on batteries made abroad.
Car companies received more than $600 million on Wednesday to further development of batteries for hybrids and electric cars.
Six GOP senators have announced their intentions ahead of Tuesday's Judiciary Committee vote on the Supreme Court nominee.
Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination draws focus to the gains of minority and female judges nationwide.
Just 650 Afghans are fighting alongside the 4,000 US Marines in the Helmand province. US commanders and now Congress are pushing to grow Afghan security forces.