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Sep 14, 2023
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E&C Republicans Lead Passage of Bill to Stop the Bans on Gas-Powered Cars

Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act passes House with Bipartisan Vote of 222-190 Washington D.C. —  Today, the House of Representatives took action on the  Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act  to protect America’s automotive future and stop California and President Biden from dictating the vehicles Americans can drive. The bill, led by Energy and Commerce Member John Joyce (R-PA), passed the house by a bipartisan vote of 222-190. As Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said , “Gas-powered cars are much less expensive than EVs and continue to outperform them in range, towing capacity, and their ability to operate in severe weather conditions.”  Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee Chair Bill Johnson (R-OH) added , “If California is granted that EPA waiver, 17 states, representing 40% of the US market for new vehicles, are poised to adopt California’s exact standards. This would result in California effectively forcing their values and their mandates on all of us.” Rep. John Joyce said , “At its core, the vote on H.R. 1435 asks a very simple question: should consumers or the federal government decide what types of vehicles Americans can drive?”



Sep 12, 2023
On the House Floor

Chair Rodgers: “H.R. 1435 ensures people have the option of driving practical, functional, and affordable cars”

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) testified before the House Rules Committee today in support of H.R. 1435, the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act , led by Rep. John Joyce. The bill would end California’s efforts to ban gas-powered cars and preserve Americans’ ability to choose the vehicles that best suit their lives.  Excerpts and highlights below:  “This legislation is about ensuring Americans can continue choosing the vehicles that best suit their lives. It's about making sure people have the option of driving practical, functional, and affordable cars.  “And it's about embracing the legacy of the American auto industry.  “For more than a century, affordable transportation has helped drive America’s economic success.    “The internal combustion engine has allowed people in the U.S. and around the world to increase their mobility and raise their standard of living.   “We should be asking ourselves ‘how can America continue to lead the auto sector for the next 100 years? ’”  EV MANDATES   “The answer is not through restrictive government mandates.    “Yet that is exactly what President Biden’s EPA, California, and others allies are trying to do.   “ One way they’re hoping to achieve this radical scheme is by giving California the green light to mandate all new vehicles sold in the state be 100 percent battery electric by 2035.   “ 17 other states have similar bans on internal combustion engines that would be triggered if EPA approves California’s request.     “ This affects 40 percent of the U.S.’s new vehicle market — and companies don’t customize cars for every state.   “These mandates are divorced from reality, they’re unaffordable and impractical for most Americans, and what I’m most concerned about is that they’re handing China the keys to our auto future.”  EVS ARE UNAFFORDABLE AND IMPRACTICAL   “What California and the Biden administration won’t tell people is that the average price of an EV was $17,000 more than a gas-powered car in 2022, that 95 percent of vehicles on the road today in the U.S. run on internal combustion engines, and that gas-powered vehicles continue to drastically outperform EVs in range, towing capacity, and their ability to operate in severe weather conditions.    “Most of the country also lacks the necessary vehicle charging infrastructure, especially rural areas. And studies have warned that a rushed EV expansion, like the one proposed by California and the EPA, could overwhelm our electric grid and compromise reliability.   “In California, Governor Newsom has repeatedly resorted to asking people not to charge their EVs during rolling blackouts and that’s just 4 percent of the vehicles on the road in his state. How on earth can their grid possibly handle 100 percent EVs?   “A more expensive future, with less grid reliability, is not the future anyone wants to be forced to live in.”   STOPPING THE CAR BANS   “If a family wants to buy an EV and can afford it, they should buy one.    “But let’s make sure Americans get to decide what kind of a car they want to buy whether it’s an internal combustion engine, a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, a hydrogen fuel cell the future is with innovation and technology, maybe even something that hasn’t been invented yet.   "We should also be able to make those choices.    “The decision about what kind of cars we drive should not be dictated through one state or through federal mandates.    “So this legislation would emphasize that Clean Air Act waivers, like the one requested by California, are for reducing emissions — not eliminating engine types.   “It prevents the EPA from granting California a waiver to 'directly or indirectly' limit the sale or use of new cars with internal combustion engines.    “It also prevents California, complicit with the EPA, from dictating the transportation policies for the entire country.”   THIS IS CHINA’S SCHEME   “It is vital that we put a stop to this effort to force an EV transition on Americans, especially when you consider how China currently dominates the EV industry and the critical minerals supply chains.   “China controls some 76 percent of global battery cell production capacity for electric vehicles, around 75 percent of all lithium-ion batteries, and the majority of processing and refining capacity for over half of the world’s lithium, cobalt, and graphite.  “Earlier this year, China became the largest exporter of new motor vehicles in the world, surpassing Japan for the first time in history.   “And it is taking steps to build an EV foothold in Mexico, specifically so it can access the U.S. market.    “In fact, Chinese-owned companies are already making inroads in the U.S.   “Just look at Polestar, an battery electric automaker owned by Chinese car company Geely, which recently opened a dealership just a few blocks from the White House, and this past weekend the company ran several ads during NFL games across the country.”   CONCLUSION   “Instead of forcing Americans to spend more money on vehicles sourced in China in order to advance a political agenda, let’s get back to focusing on people having access to mobility options that are affordable, reliable, and functional means of transportation.  “Let’s make sure our electric grid is reliable so people can keep the lights going, get their groceries, stay warm, and live their lives on their terms—which a rapid rush to EVs will jeopardize.  “Protecting people’s way of life and ability to provide for their families is the fundamental goal of the bill before us, and it should be a bipartisan priority.”



Jul 25, 2023
Press Release

Chairs Rodgers and Guthrie Praise Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Improve Access to Organ Donations

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) offered the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2544, the Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act, unanimously. “Today, the People’s House voted to give hope to patients in need of a lifesaving organ transplant. We took one step closer to fixing the current system, which too often allows viable organs to go to waste while patients on the organ transplant list are forced to turn to costlier, lower quality health care and even face death in some cases. We thank Representatives Larry Bucshon and Robin Kelly for their leadership of this bipartisan bill and urge the Senate to take it up without delay.”   Led by Rep. Bucshon (R-IN) and Rep. Kelly (D-IL), H.R. 2544 was passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee by a vote of 48-0 on May 24, 2023.



Chairs Rodgers and Bilirakis Applaud Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance American Competitiveness

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) applauded the passage of H.R. 813, the Global Investment in American Jobs Act, a bipartisan solution to strengthen U.S. competitiveness and expand job opportunities for Americans:  “Strengthening American competitiveness against China is a top priority for the Energy and Commerce Committee. In order to achieve this, the U.S. needs to be an attractive place for companies to invest, especially for manufacturing our next generation technologies that are critical to the future. We applaud our colleagues, Congressman Pence and the bill’s cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, for their efforts to enhance our technological and economic leadership so that America continues to be the number one place to invest and create opportunities for a better life.”  The Global Investment in American Jobs Act ( H.R. 813 ), led by Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN), was passed out of the House with a bipartisan vote of 386-22.  



Jul 17, 2023
Press Release

Rodgers and Guthrie Applauds Passage of Bill to Ensure Pet Owners and Farmers Can Access Animal Medicines

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1418, the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2023 (ADUFA) , unanimously. “Whether you have a pet, drink milk, or eat meat, a strong and thoughtful ADUFA is important to you. That is why the People’s House took action to empower the FDA to effectively make sure the drugs we give animals work and are safe. We thank Representative Greg Pence for his leadership of this bipartisan legislation and urge the Senate to act before the September 30th deadline.”



Jun 14, 2023
On the House Floor

E&C Republicans Lead Passage of Two Bills to Stop the Biden Administration from Banning Gas Stoves

To stop President Biden’s de facto ban on gas cooking appliances, Energy and Commerce Republicans are leading on two bills, both of which passed the People’s House this week with bipartisan support.  H.R. 1615, the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act (Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-ND) , will prohibit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from implementing a ban on gas stoves. This bill passed the House 248-180.  H.R. 1640, the Save our Gas Stoves Act (Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-AZ) , will prohibit the Department of Energy (DOE) from implementing a ban on gas stoves. This bill passed the House 249-181.  As Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said, “Congress must intervene to stop the war that President Biden and Democrats are waging on reliable, affordable energy, and the choices people make to provide for their families.” Watch her full remarks on H.R. 1615 HERE and on H.R. 1640 HERE .  Don't miss Energy and Commerce Republicans on the House Floor sharing why they are protecting people’s freedom to decide for themselves what stove is in their kitchen.



Jun 13, 2023
On the House Floor

Chair Rodgers Urges House to Pass the Save Our Gas Stoves Act

Washington. D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 1640, the Save Our Gas Stoves Act , a bill to prohibit the Department of Energy (DOE) from implementing a ban on gas stoves. Excerpts and highlights below: “I rise in strong support of H.R. 1640. “ The Save our Gas Stoves Act is a bipartisan bill that was introduced by Energy and Commerce Committee Member Debbie Lesko. “It will stop the Department of Energy from finalizing its plans to ban the majority of natural gas fueled cooking stoves on the market today. “H.R. 1640 was considered through regular order in Committee where it received hearings and markups; and was favorably reported with a strong bipartisan vote. “Congress must intervene to stop the war that President Biden and Democrats are waging on reliable, affordable energy and the choices people make to provide for their families. “On day one in office, President Biden cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline, imposed a moratorium on fossil energy development on federal lands, and directed agencies across the federal government to issue punitive regulations and delay permits for energy projects. “This agenda is raising costs across the board and is making life more difficult for the hardworking people of this county. “Now, the Biden administration is coming for their appliances, like natural gas stoves. “H.R. 1640 will stop the Department of Energy from finalizing the terribly misguided and legally vulnerable proposal to ban gas stoves. “H.R. 1640 is necessary because the Biden administration doesn’t have any regard for the will of the American people, or the laws passed by Congress. “Despite a statement from the White House that ‘the President does not support banning gas stoves,’ the Department of Energy and radical environmental activists are abusing an obscure law called the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to mandate a back-door regulatory ban on gas stoves. “They are pursuing this agenda to control the home appliance market despite DOE’s own evidence that its proposed standard would pull more than half of gas stoves off the market and only save people $1.08 over the life of the product. “The Biden administration is completely out of touch with the American people. “One dollar of savings over the life of the product is not worth the upfront expense of ripping out gas lines and installing new electrical service. “One dollar of savings does not bring peace of mind if you need to heat water or feed your family during an electricity blackout. “And one dollar of savings means nothing when people are paying record prices in the Biden economy to buy food and fill up their gas tanks. “The American people are strongly opposed to regulations that ban natural gas appliances. “In fact, we recently polled constituents in my district as to whether they support a ban on natural gas stoves in their homes. “An overwhelming 87% of them responded ‘no.’ “H.R. 1640 addresses their concerns and their freedom to choose the affordable stove that is right for them. “Therefore, Mr. Chair, I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting H.R. 1640 and I look forward to working with the Senate to send this bipartisan bill on the President’s desk.”



Jun 13, 2023
On the House Floor

Chair Rodgers Urges Support for the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act

Washington. D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 1615, the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act , a bill to prohibit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from implementing a ban on gas stoves. “I rise in support of H.R. 1615, the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act , led by my friend, Congressman Kelly Armstrong. “It is bipartisan here in the House and is a companion to Senators Cruz and Manchin’s bipartisan legislation in the Senate. “It will stop efforts by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that could result in an outright ban or substantial price increase in the cost of gas stoves while still allowing the commission to continue its important safety work for these appliances. “Commissioner Trumka suggested that the CPSC should consider a ban on gas stoves. “He said quote, ‘Everything is on the table.’ “As Fox News reported last week, his efforts go back even further than previously reported and include the Biden administration coordinating last summer with an environmental activist on the legal rational to ban stoves. “To justify a ban, Mr. Trumka has also cited a study by the Rocky Mountain Institute, which has partnered with the Chinese government and is pushing America away from reliable and affordable energy. “We must stop this agenda and make sure people have access to affordable appliances like gas stoves. “We aren’t alone in raising the alarm that this effort to ban gas stoves goes too far. “In fact, in California, a celebrity chef was recently given an exemption by local Democrats so he wouldn’t have to comply with Palo Alto’s natural gas stove ban in his new restaurant. “Surely we can all agree today to allow every hardworking person in this country—regardless of their income or celebrity status—to have the same freedom to decide for themselves what stove is in their kitchen. “Again, H.R. 1615 allows the CPSC to continue their important safety work, but it stops the administration from implementing a political agenda, completely divorced from reality, to ban an appliance that is preferred by 40 percent of American households. “I thank Congressman Armstrong for his leadership. “I urge strong bipartisan support on H.R. 1615.”



May 25, 2023
On the House Floor

E&C Republicans Lead Passage of Bipartisan HALT Fentanyl on House Floor

Bills Gives Law Enforcement Permanent Tools to Crack Down on Illicit Fentanyl-Related Substances Today, the People’s House took action on the HALT Fentanyl Act to save lives and stop the scourge of fentanyl, which is killing more Americans than ever. The bill, led by Energy and Commerce members Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Bob Latta (R-OH), passed the House with a strong bipartisan vote of 289-133. The HALT Fentanyl Act will make the temporary class-wide scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances permanent and give law enforcement the tools they need to keep Americans safe. As Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said, “this bill will save lives.” Watch her remarks and more from E&C Republicans below. Learn more about the HALT Fentanyl Act and how it will make our communities safer by visiting energycommerce.house.gov/haltfentanyl .