Senate schedules vote to undo DOE gas furnace rule

By Manuel Quiñones | 05/21/2024 06:44 AM EDT

The Congressional Review Act resolution could come up as soon as Tuesday.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Legislation from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would quash new Department of Energy furnace efficiency standards. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Senate plans to vote this week on legislation to undo Biden administration efficiency standards for residential gas furnaces.

S.J. Res. 58, from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), would scrap a rule tightening efficiency requirements for non-weatherized gas furnaces and those used in mobile homes.

“This administration doesn’t care that their radical climate agenda will have a catastrophic impact on American families and small businesses,” Cruz said in a statement earlier this year when announcing the measure.


Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can repeal recently finalized administration actions and requires only a simple majority in both chambers to do so. But even if that were to happen, President Joe Biden would likely veto the effort.