Republicans, White House clash over bill to bar EPA’s EV-focused rules

Source: By Inside EPA • Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2023

House Republicans are gearing up to vote on legislation that would bar EPA from adopting its pending multi-pollutant standards for model year 2027 and later passenger vehicles, though a veto threat from the White House is underscoring the ongoing political clash over federal policies that encourage vehicle electrification. The House Rules Committee met Dec. 4 to consider legislation including H.R. 4668, sponsored by Rep. Tim Wahlberg (R-MI), that would specifically prohibit EPA from implementing or enforcing its pending regulation that would ramp up multi-pollutant controls on MY27 and later light- and medium-duty vehicles.

Additionally, the bill would prohibit future vehicle rules from mandating “the use of any specific technology” or restricting availability of vehicles based on engine type. And, a pending amendment to the bill floated by House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) would expand that prohibition to explicitly include EPA vehicle emissions rules proposed since January 2021 — meaning it would immediately apply to EPA’s final greenhouse gas standards for MY23-26 vehicles.