House passes repeal of ‘green bank,’ methane fee

By Emma Dumain | 03/22/2024 01:37 PM EDT

The Republican legislation passed mostly along party lines. It was the last vote in the Republicans’ “energy week.”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).

House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) during floor debate Friday. House Television

The House wrapped up “energy week” by voting to repeal two key climate priorities contained in the 2022 landmark climate bill, the Inflation Reduction Act.

Lawmakers on Friday voted 209-204 on the “Cutting Green Corruption and Taxes Act,” H.R. 1023. One Republican opposed and one Democrat voted in favor.

It was the only piece of legislation President Joe Biden explicitly threatened to veto from a longer list of political messaging bills and resolutions GOP lawmakers put on the floor this week to take aim at the administration’s environmental agenda.


The bill, as originally introduced by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.), would roll back the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program, a $27 billion grant program administered by EPA to finance a combination of nonprofits and localities to pursue clean energy projects, including those in underserved communities. Supporters frequently refer to it as a “green bank.”