House Republicans Pass Measure that Reins in the EPA, Promotes Domestic Energy

Nov 3, 2023
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The Biden Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extreme anti-energy policies and unchecked regulations have stifled economic opportunities, raised costs for Americans, burdened businesses and domestic energy producers, and increased our dependence on foreign adversaries like China.

House Republicans are working to fight the EPA’s radical agenda and combat regulatory overreach to protect our energy, economic, and national security.

Passed in the House today, the Fiscal Year 2024 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, H.R. 4821, curbs the EPA's burdensome regulations and cuts wasteful EPA funding by nearly 40%.

House Republicans are restoring the proper checks and balances that rein in the EPA by:

  • Repealing the Biden Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation.
  • Prohibiting EPA from allowing California to require that new small off-road engines, such as lawncare equipment, be zero-emission and prohibits funding for EPA regulations on light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles.
  • Prohibiting funding for EPA regulatory overreach regarding ozone emissions and steam electric power plants.
  • Prohibiting EPA approvals of pesticide labeling that is inconsistent with a human health assessment or carcinogenicity classification pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
  • Preventing EPA from imposing burdensome regulations on farmers using rodenticides to prevent animal disease and prevent crop loss on farms.
  • Prohibiting funding for EPA’s Clean Power Plan 2.0 and Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule.
  • Prohibiting funding for EPA to issue regulations on Ethylene Oxide emissions until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certifies that such regulations will not adversely impact the availability of sterile medical products.
  • Prohibiting EPA from imposing mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from manure management systems.
  • Prohibiting EPA from implementing permitting requirements for livestock emissions under the Clean Air Act.
  • Prohibiting agencies from using the Social Cost of Carbon in cost-benefit analyses.

House Republicans are promoting domestic energy and access to critical minerals by: 

  • Requiring offshore oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska regions.
  • Requiring the Secretary of the Interior to conduct quarterly onshore oil and gas lease sales.
  • Prohibiting funds to enforce certain Bureau of Land Management withdrawals in Minnesota.
  • Reinstating certain mineral leases in the Superior National Forest.
  • Prohibiting funds for the Bureau of Land Management’s Conservation and Landscape Health rule.
  • Ensuring that ancillary mining activities, including exploration operations and construction of a mine access road, are permitted with or without the discovery of a valuable mineral deposit.


Advocacy and industry groups strongly support many of the provisions Appropriators included in H.R. 4821.

“Timely patient care depends on adequate sterile medical product supplies. Therefore, AdvaMed, the Medtech Association, supports the FY 2024 Interior Appropriations Bill Sec. 485 ensuring that EPA proposals impacting medical device sterilization will not adversely affect the health care supply chain and patients, by giving greater oversight to the Food and Drug Administration.” - AdvaMed

“By supporting the bill, you are not just safeguarding American jobs, promoting energy leadership and protecting the wallets of hardworking constituents – you’re ensuring a durable energy future for America. It is crucial that Congress acts decisively to prevent undue restrictions on domestic energy production, maintain our economic stability and preserve our energy security. Your support for H.R. 4821 is a significant step toward these goals.” - Amanda Eversole, Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer at the American Petroleum Institute

“The EPA’s stringent, unrealistic electric vehicle mandates are a top issue facing America’s franchised dealers and the auto and truck industry today… NADA/ATD urges members of Congress to pass the House Interior-Environment Appropriations bill (H.R. 4821) and include Sec. 488 and 489 to prevent the EPA from spending funds to finalize or implement unrealistic EV mandates for light-duty vehicles, and medium- and heavy-duty trucks in FY 2024.” - Mike Stanton, President and CEO at the National Automobile Dealers Association, and Laura Perrota, President at the American Truck Dealers

“We have been disheartened by the many regulatory proposals that have emanated from the Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency in the last few years… Instead of developing a stronger domestic minerals sector by promoting commonsense policies, the current Administration is pushing the nation to become further reliant on China and Russia for our mineral needs and placing the nation’s national security in an untenable position. The legislation being proposed by the House Appropriations Committee will allow Congress to finally begin resolving this issue. Given the unstable global atmosphere, it is vital that policies promoted in this legislation be enacted as soon as possible.” - The Essential Minerals Association

“Small businesses continue to suffer under Bidenomics and Bidenflation. The House FY24 Interior Bill would help reduce inflation by cutting wasteful spending and promoting an all-of-the-above energy policy that would increase domestic energy production. The bill also would stop many of the costly new mandates coming out of the EPA, like the administration’s unrealistic, unpopular, and expensive mandate requiring two-thirds of passenger cars to be electric by 2032.” - Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators Network

"We thank Chairwoman Granger and the committee for their leadership in guaranteeing that patients have uninterrupted access to sterile medical technologies. MDMA shares EPA’s commitment to public health, but we also share FDA's concerns that EPA's rules on EtO, unless revised, will lead to serious shortages of critical medical devices. The committee's common sense provision will help ensure that the United States can maintain the commercial sterilization capacity to meet patients' needs." - Medical Device Manufacturers Association

“Livestock producers are crucial partners in achieving land health and other management objectives… Misguided and agenda-driven policies like the Conservation and Landscape Health rule will only set back important work like this which improves the federal estate for future generations. We applaud the House for protecting multiple use by including Section 490 in the Interior-EPA bill.” - Public Lands Council, American Sheep Industry Association, Association of National Grasslands, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and 25 other livestock groups

“NSSF is deeply grateful to the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations and for Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson’s leadership to ensure that wildlife conservation follows peer-reviewed, site-specific evidence when applying policy decisions. The Biden Administration has weaponized access to public lands to mollify antigun and anti-hunting special interests by banning the use of traditional ammunition when increasing access to public lands. This is counterproductive to the successful wildlife conservation initiatives that are funded in large part by the Pittman-Robertson excise taxes paid by firearm and ammunition manufacturers. Hunters support these programs when they purchase the ammunition that best suits their needs.” - Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the National Shooting Sports Foundation


It’s clear the Biden Administration and Democrats’ continued overreach and out-of-touch EPA and energy policies are imposing unnecessary, costly hardships that hurt – not help – the American people.

BOTTOM LINE: House Republicans are turning to policies that work for the American people – not against them.
 

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