Senate prepares for vote on EPA tailpipe rule

By Kelsey Brugger | 04/11/2024 06:34 AM EDT

The vote would cap a flurry of activity this week on the Biden climate agenda on transportation.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).

Legislation from Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) against EPA tailpipe rulemaking is up for a vote as soon as Thursday. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

The Senate will vote as soon as Thursday on bipartisan legislation to stymie President Joe Biden’s big electric vehicle plans.

Leaders promised Finance Committee ranking member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) a vote on S. 4072 last month in exchange for not holding up government funding legislation. Crapo originally wanted an amendment to one of the final fiscal 2024 bills.

S. 4072, co-sponsored by Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), would nullify EPA’s emissions rule affecting cars and small trucks. Other Democrats may also vote yes.


Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) told E&E News he thought EPA could have crafted a better rule. “If you want to move the industry,” he said, “I think it’s much better to move it with competition” rather than regulation.