Should Congress prohibit the EPA from enacting stricter regulations on vehicle emissions?

This bill has Passed the House of Representatives
Bill Summary

This bill seeks to overturn an order from the EPA imposing stricter standards on emissions from newly manufactured vehicles. In addition, the bill will prevent Executive funding and regulations seeking to promote the manufacturing of electric vehicles in the near future. Sponsor: Rep. Tim Walberg (Republican, Michigan, District 5)
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Opponents say

•      "[The League of Conservation Voters] urges you to vote NO on H.R. 4468, the so-called Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act. If passed, this bill would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from setting cleaner vehicle standards. Strong car and truck emissions standards are critically important to clean our air, deliver consumers savings on the cost of owning a vehicle, and tackle the climate crisis… The transportation sector is the largest source of climate pollution and is a major threat to public health. Exposure to air pollution from light-duty vehicles increases the risk of asthma attacks, strokes, heart attacks, cancer, and premature death. Additionally, low-wealth communities and communities of color are disproportionately exposed to this dangerous pollution. Our country’s harmful history of housing segregation and redlining has forced such communities to areas closest to major highways, freight hubs, and high-traffic areas. Strong vehicle standards can help rein in pollution from dirty vehicles to help protect communities and advance environmental justice." Source: The League of Conservation Voters

•      "Legislation that prevents EPA from finalizing, implementing, or enforcing the Light- Medium-Duty Vehicle 2027+ proposed rule means that harmful pollutants would continue to blight Americans’ quality of life by subjecting them to more hospital visits, more respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and more health implications from nonfatal heart attacks, aggravated asthma, and decreased lung function. It means that drivers would be denied the chance to save on fuel costs and that American society would not see the $850 billion to $1.6 trillion in net benefits these standards would achieve." Source: Joseph Goffman (Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, US EPA)

Proponents say

•      "The Biden administration cannot continue to create regulations that limit consumer choice, hamper mobility, make vehicles more expensive for families, and cede America’s auto leadership and jobs to China. Hardworking Americans have already experienced months of runaway inflation and high energy costs, and these efforts will only further increase the financial burden on Americans who cannot afford to purchase electric vehicles. This legislation would put a stop to this executive overreach, allowing consumers to have the freedom to decide what car works best for them and their families and preventing auto manufacturers from being forced to meet unrealistic mandates driven by the President’s Green New Deal agenda." Source: Rep. Tim Walberg (Republican, Michigan, District 5)

•      "From restrictions on gas stoves to gas-powered vehicles, the Biden Administration’s destructive energy policies are nothing more than thinly veiled attempts to expand government control into Americans’ daily lives. Restricting consumer choice to advance the Left’s Green New Deal agenda represents an illegitimate power grab that hardworking Americans – already burdened by soaring energy prices and record-high inflation – simply cannot afford. Furthermore, President Biden’s plan to force families and workers across the country to purchase pricey electric vehicles ultimately hurts Americans’ wallets while simultaneously enriching China, one of our greatest adversaries and a very dominant force in the EV market. In response, the CARS Act provides a commonsense solution to protect both American consumers and auto manufacturers from the Biden Administration’s radical climate agenda and dangerous government overreach." Source: Rep. Andrew Clyde (Republican, Georgia, District 9)