The so-called Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act, or H.R. 4468, was approved by the U.S. House yesterday on a vote of 221 to 197.
The MAGA-led bill prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing its proposal to strengthen emissions standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles. Further, it would block EPA from ever finalizing any vehicle emissions standards that might “result in limited availability of new motor vehicles” based on engine type.
Congresswoman Jennifer McClellan, who represents Virginia’s District 4, voted against H.R. 4468.
“The party that is actively trying to strip away Americans’ personal freedoms and rights is disguising this anti-science, anti-climate legislation as protecting choice and personal freedom. That’s rich,” McClellan said. “Once again, House Republicans are putting polluters over people and prioritizing special interests over the health and well-being of Americans. This deeply harmful and irresponsible bill would undermine the EPA’s ability to finalize proposed emissions standards and prevent the agency from taking future action to protect the public from dangerous air pollution.”
H.R. 4468 would:
Prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator from finalizing the proposed rule on Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards beginning in Model Year 2027;
Block EPA from ever finalizing vehicle emissions standards that mandate the use of a specific technology or might “result in limited availability of new motor vehicles” based on the type of engine; and
Direct EPA to revise all past regulations to conform with the act.