House committee approves bill to block DC tailpipe rule

By Rebekah Alvey | 03/08/2024 06:29 AM EST

Members of the Oversight and Accountability Committee also sparred over naming a post office because of climate-related concerns.

Anna Paulina Luna speaks during a House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing.

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) is sponsoring legislation against District of Columbia tailpipe emissions rules. Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Republicans amped up their attacks on electric vehicles Thursday by passing a bill that would prevent the District of Columbia from adopting stringent tailpipe emission standards.

The House Oversight and Accountability Committee passed H.R. 7526, the “D.C. Consumer Vehicle Choice Protection Act,” by a vote of 21-19 along party lines.

The bill would repeal a rule from the District’s Department of Energy and Environment that adopts California’s stricter vehicle emission standards, requiring all new cars in the District to be battery or plug-in electric by 2035.


“This policy is not only out of touch, but it does little to benefit the economic well-being of American families and national security of our country,” said Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.), who sponsored the bill.