Republicans intensify fight against EPA tailpipe rules

By Kelsey Brugger | 05/01/2024 06:28 AM EDT

House and Senate lawmakers will introduce resolutions Wednesday to overturn the rulemaking.

Rep. John James (R-Mich.).

Rep. John James (R-Mich.) is helping lead an effort to strike down Biden administration action on vehicle emissions. Andrew Harnik/AP

Republicans on Capitol Hill have a new favorite punching bag: President Joe Biden’s electric vehicle “de facto mandate.”

On Wednesday, four GOP lawmakers are hosting a press conference outside the Capitol to promote legislation that would undo EPA tailpipe emissions rules, which tries to accelerate the prevalence of zero-emissions vehicles in the coming years.

Rep. John James (R-Mich.) and Sen. Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) are introducing a Congressional Review Act resolution that would undo the EPA tailpipe rule for passenger cars and trucks. And Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) are doing the same for a rule on heavy-duty trucks.


Under the CRA process, resolutions are introduced in the Senate as “privileged,” meaning the Democratic majority must schedule a vote on such resolutions within a certain window of time. A rule can be overturned with a simple majority in both chambers.