Amendment prohibiting funding for Biden administration fuel economy regulations would benefit consumers

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The House is expected to consider an amendment offered by Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) to the Transportation and HUD spending bill (H.R. 4820) that would prohibit funding for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s proposed rule “Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027-2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030-2035.’’ The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) supports this amendment.

Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment Daren Bakst said:

“The proposed rule is yet another attempt by the Biden administration to restrict the ability of Americans to choose what kind of cars they can buy. Specifically, the administration is trying to go after gas-powered vehicles.”

“This rule reflects an incredible arrogance by federal officials who think they know better than Americans as to what vehicles best meet their needs. And it shows a complete disregard for the costs that will be imposed, including increasing vehicle prices and making it more difficult for Americans to get around, from going to their doctor to buying groceries. Representative Ogles’s amendment helps to defend individual freedom and ensure that cars in the future won’t be inaccessible to all but the wealthiest Americans.”    

Marlo Lewis, Senior Fellow said:

“NHTSA’s proposed rule is an unlawful assault on Americans’ freedom to choose the types of cars that best meet their needs. It will also make new cars costlier at a time when millions of Americans are already priced out of the new-car market. Rep. Ogles’s amendment is a much-needed remedy for NHTSA’s unlawful regulation, which will restrict consumer choice while further eroding household purchasing power in a period of high inflation.”

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