Why House Republicans voted in the climate law’s favor

By Kelsey Brugger | 04/12/2024 06:30 AM EDT

An amendment vote during last month’s “energy week” illustrated the GOP’s complicated relationship with the Inflation Reduction Act.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.).

The House last month voted down an amendment from Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) targeting Inflation Reduction Act subsidies. Francis Chung/POLITICO

During last month’s “energy week” in the Republican-controlled House, more than 100 GOP lawmakers voted against undermining the Democrats’ climate law.

An amendment from Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) to water permitting legislation would have affected companies tapping into Inflation Reduction Act dollars. It failed 99-323.

Energy week was supposed to be an opportunity for House Republicans to flex their muscles on energy policy. But the Graves amendment showcased party divisions about a law that passed in 2022 without a single GOP vote.


Lobbying hard against the amendment were major trade groups — including the American Clean Power Association, the Edison Electric Institute and others.