Panel OKs pipeline, energy efficiency, air pollution bills

By Andres Picon, Sean Reilly, Timothy Cama, Emma Dumain | 03/21/2024 06:19 AM EDT

Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans rejected a number of Democratic amendments on their way to passing a slate of partisan bills Wednesday.

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

House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). Francis Chung/POLITICO

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a contentious pipeline safety reauthorization bill Wednesday despite a litany of objections from Democrats concerned about the bill’s permitting provisions.

Republicans on the panel also advanced bills that would put new guardrails on EPA’s recently strengthened soot standard and block energy efficiency rules for a number of home appliances.

Wednesday’s marathon markup came during House Republicans’ “energy week,” showcasing the deep partisan rifts on energy issues as House leaders work to pass a flurry of bills to undermine the Biden administration’s agenda.


Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) called the slate of energy bills coming out of her committee “important legislation to further advance America’s energy infrastructure and economic and environmental leadership.”