Senate votes to strike down Biden highway climate rule

By Mike Lee, Manuel Quiñones | 04/10/2024 04:33 PM EDT

The president threatened to veto the resolution and also separate legislation against EPA’s new tailpipe rule for cars.

President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden, seen at the White House on Wednesday, released veto threats Tuesday against two measures opposing his climate agenda for transportation. Evan Vucci/AP

The Senate voted Wednesday to overturn a landmark Transportation Department climate rule, arguing it exceeded the agency’s authority.

The White House fired off a veto threat as the Senate was starting to vote on the Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval. It also threatened to veto separate legislation against EPA’s tailpipe rule for cars and certain trucks.

The Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration rule on greenhouse gas emissions from state and local highway projects has already been blocked in federal court. That doesn’t mean lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were going to give up the chance to attach it.


The resolution, S.J. Res. 61, passed 53-47, with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) voting with the GOP. Tester and Brown are in tough reelection fights.