Biden threatens to veto resolution against furnace rule

By Manuel Quiñones | 05/21/2024 01:11 PM EDT

The Senate will vote on the Congressional Review Act legislation as soon as Tuesday.

President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden is threatening to veto another Republican-sponsored Congressional Review Act resolution. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

The White House fired off a veto threat Tuesday against Republican legislation to undo the Department of Energy’s efficiency rules for residential gas furnaces.

The Senate could vote on S.J. Res. 58, from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), as soon as Tuesday. The Congressional Review Act resolution would scrap DOE’s mandate that new devices be 95 percent efficient by 2028.

A White House statement of administration policy noted DOE updates efficiency rules in compliance with the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act.


“Under DOE’s updated standards for residential furnaces, newly manufactured models — starting in late-2028 — will reduce waste by converting nearly all of the gas used into heat,” said the Office of Management and Budget.