Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, who is a Republican, is heading a team of 34 Republican senators who have proposed a bill to annul the stringent emission regulations for heavy-duty trucks that were established by President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December. Despite the EPA’s conviction that these regulations will result in fewer premature deaths and net benefits worth $29 billion annually, the senators contend that these new rules will make it financially challenging for small business owners to purchase compliant vehicles.
GOP Senators Move To Undo Biden EPA's 'Onerous' Trucking Emissions Rules https://t.co/HhH3Z8149I
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In a statement shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation, the senators claim that current regulations have already caused a nearly 98% decrease in emissions from modern trucks compared to trucks constructed in the late 1990s. Senator Fischer expressed her worry about the impact of the new rule, stating that it “would jack up vehicle costs and hurt good paying jobs” and that it would “hit mom and pop truck operations the hardest.”
For the joint resolution put forth by the GOP senators to be overturned, it must receive the backing of a bare majority in both the House and Senate. The House is presently dominated by Republicans with a thin majority, while the Senate is dominated by Democrats who hold a 51-49 majority.
The updated emission standards, which represent the first overhaul of regulations on heavy-duty trucks in over two decades, include strengthened testing procedures. EPA Administrator Michael Regan stated to Reuters that these new standards are “really important, especially for protecting the health of the 72 million people living near truck freight routes in America.” Conversely, Todd Spencer, the President of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, told Reuters that the new regulations could lead small businesses to continue using older, less efficient trucks for longer periods or simply leave the industry entirely due if they were unable to afford compliant trucks.
The introduction of this legislation by Senator Fischer and her group of 34 GOP senators has sparked a debate between those who believe that these new rules are necessary for environmental protection and those who believe that they will be too costly for small business owners. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to overturn recently implemented regulations, so it will be interesting to see how this debate plays out and if the joint resolution will be approved by both the House and Senate.
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