House blocks Democratic amendments to energy, mining bills

By Nico Portuondo | 05/07/2024 06:28 AM EDT

Lawmakers will vote on transformer rule and Department of Energy transparency amendments to appliance efficiency legislation.

House Rules Chair Michael Burgess (R-Texas).

House Rules Chair Michael Burgess (R-Texas) on Monday criticized Department of Energy efficiency mandates. Francis Chung/POLITICO

House leaders blocked Democratic amendments to legislation that would severely hamper the Biden administration’s energy efficiency agenda.

H.R. 6192, the “Hands off Our Home Appliances Act,” from Arizona Republican Debbie Lesko, would prohibit the Department of Energy from implementing or enforcing efficiency standards on a wide variety of home appliances if they are not “technically feasible or economically justified” and if they do not result in “significant conservation of energy.”

“The Biden Administration has also exhibited a disturbing trend of surrendering to Green New Deal devotees to the detriment of everyday people,” said House Rules Chair Michael Burgess (R-Texas).


“They put internal combustion engines and gas stoves — tools households across the country depend on — in their regulatory crosshairs.”