Tuesday June 25th, 2024 5:21PM

Congressman Andrew Clyde introduces legislation aimed at blocking EPA rule

By AccessWDUN Staff

9th District Republican Congressman Andrew Clyde on Friday introduced a piece of legislation aimed at blocking an Environmental Protection Agency rule that could potentially encourage the sale of electric vehicles.

In a press release, Clyde said he has worked with 30 cosponsors to introduce a Congressional Review Act joint resolution of disapproval to overturn the EPA's tailpipe emissions rule.

The EPA finalized that rule, titled the "Multi-Pollutant Emission Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles," on March 20.

The rule is aimed at cutting down current vehicle emissions by as much as 50 percent. 

Clyde alleged in his release that the rule from President Biden's EPA is aimed at advancing the deployment of electric vehicles in the country.

"The rule sets stringent emissions standards for criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases for gas-powered vehicles," the release from Clyde's office said. "These aggressive standards would force automakers to ensure 56% of light-duty car sales are battery electric and another 13% are hybrid by 2032."

“Despite persistent pleas to keep his hands off our car keys, President Biden is doubling down on his radical EPA rule to institute a de facto EV mandate on our country,” Clyde said. “Hardworking Americans already battling inflation simply cannot afford the President’s illegitimate power grab — nor should they be forced to bear this burden. American consumers always deserve the freedom to decide what car they purchase and drive. Congress must prevent the Biden Administration’s dangerous overreach from encumbering auto manufacturers, enriching Communist China, and crushing the American people.”

Cosponsors include Representatives Lauren Boebert (CO-03), Eric Burlison (MO-07), Eli Crane (AZ-02), Scott DesJarlais (TN-04), Byron Donalds (FL-19), Ron Estes (KS-04), Bob Good (VA-05), Lance Gooden (TX-05), Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Michael Guest (MS-03), Andy Harris (MD-01), Wesley Hunt (TX-38), Ronny Jackson (TX-13), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), Tracey Mann (KS-01), Rich McCormick (GA-06), Mary Miller (IL-15), Alex Mooney (WV-02), Nathaniel Moran (TX-01), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Jay Obernolte (CA-23), Andy Ogles (TN-05), Matt Rosendale (MT-02), Chip Roy (TX-21), John Rutherford (FL-05), Pete Sessions (TX-17), Claudia Tenney (NY-24), and Michael Waltz (FL-06).

Supporting organizations include the American Energy Alliance, Americans for Prosperity, Eagle Forum, and Heritage Action for America.

“Eagle Forum applauds Representative Clyde for introducing this resolution to protect the vehicle choices of American moms," Kristen A. Ullman, President, Eagle Forum said. "The Biden Administration keeps telling moms that ‘Big Brother Knows Best’ — whether it be what kind of stoves we can use, the washers and dryers we can buy and now what kind of car we can drive. Sales data shows that most women are not interested in being forced into EVs that are more expensive to buy and maintain. Moms often spend hours a day ferrying children and running errands. We know what kind of cars we want! But the EPA’s new regulations will limit the availability of gas-powered cars in the near future. We urge Congress to ‘listen to your mothers’ and reject the EPAs new emissions standards.”

“President Biden’s EPA has weaponized the federal rulemaking process to effectively mandate electric vehicles through expensive regulations that punish hardworking Americans and reward China," Ryan Walker, Executive Vice President, Heritage Action. "By squeezing gas-powered cars out of the market, this administration is putting a radical green agenda ahead of American workers and the families struggling to afford basics in the Biden economy. That’s why more than 15,000 Heritage Action supporters submitted comments in opposition to this rule — we support and commend Rep. Clyde’s effort to defend our rights and our cars.” 

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