McConnell unleashes effort to kill EPA soot standard

By Sean Reilly | 03/15/2024 06:25 AM EDT

Almost every Senate Republican is co-sponsoring legislation against the rule.

Mitch McConnell walks into a room.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is sponsoring a resolution to undo EPA's newly finalized soot rule. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, almost all Senate Republicans are uniting behind a measure to scrap EPA’s recently strengthened soot standard.

Via a Congressional Review Act disapproval resolution introduced Thursday, McConnell would repeal the tighter annual exposure limit unveiled last month.

In Senate floor remarks, McConnell labeled the limit — which EPA predicts will save thousands of lives — “another job-killing mandate that would impose more unilateral economic pain at home.”


EPA’s approach, he added, “goes well beyond the regulatory standards of most of our European allies, let alone our top strategic competitor, China.”