White House stops short of veto threat on DOE bills

By Nico Portuondo | 07/09/2024 06:33 AM EDT

The House is poised to approve legislation against Department of Energy efficiency rules.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden at the White House. A statement of administration policy expressed opposition to Department of Energy legislation up for debate this week. Susan Walsh/AP

The Biden administration is ”strongly opposed” to legislation on the House floor this week that would restrict energy efficiency regulations on dishwashers and refrigerators.

But the White House, in statements Monday evening, stopped short of veto threats on Iowa Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ “Refrigerator Freedom Act,” H.R. 7637, and New York Republican Rep. Nick Langworthy’s “Stop Unaffordable Dishwasher Standards Act,” H.R. 7700.

The bills would bar the Department of Energy from implementing or enforcing new efficiency rules on the appliances if those regulations are not “cost-effective or technologically feasible” and do not result in “significant conservation of energy.”


A statement of administration policy said, “These bills add vague, red-herring provisions to the law that would add uncertainty to the implementation of these standards and create unnecessary hurdles for DOE in making future updates.”