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This week, Reps. Andrew Clyde (GA-09) and Tim Walberg (MI-05) led 18 colleagues in introducing the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Act of 2023. This critical legislation would prohibit the Biden Administration from implementing aggressive emission standards for light and medium-duty vehicles that severely limit consumer choice.
On April 12th, 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule titled “Multi-Pollutant Emission Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles,” establishing extreme vehicle emission standards to advance the deployment of electric vehicles. The proposed rule would set stringent emissions standards for criteria pollutants and greenhouse gasses for gas-powered vehicles. Due to these aggressive standards, the EPA projects that over ⅔ of all new vehicles will be electric by 2032.
“From restrictions on gas stoves to gas-powered vehicles, the Biden Administration’s destructive energy policies are nothing more than thinly veiled attempts to expand government control into Americans’ daily lives,” said Rep. Clyde. “Restricting consumer choice to advance the Left’s Green New Deal agenda represents an illegitimate power grab that hardworking Americans – already burdened by soaring energy prices and record-high inflation – simply cannot afford. Furthermore, President Biden’s plan to force families and workers across the country to purchase pricey electric vehicles ultimately hurts Americans’ wallets while simultaneously enriching China, one of our greatest adversaries and a very dominant force in the EV market. In response, the CARS Act provides a commonsense solution to protect both American consumers and auto manufacturers from the Biden Administration’s radical climate agenda and dangerous government overreach.”
“The Biden administration cannot continue to create regulations that limit consumer choice, hamper mobility, and make vehicles more expensive for families across the country,” said Rep. Walberg. “Hardworking Americans have already experienced months of runaway inflation and high energy costs, and these efforts will only further increase the financial burden on Americans who cannot afford to purchase electric vehicles. This legislation would put a stop to this executive overreach, allowing consumers to have the freedom to decide what car works best for them and their families and preventing auto manufacturers from being forced to meet unrealistic mandates driven by the President’s Green New Deal agenda.”
Choice in Retail Automobile Sales (CARS) Act
The Choice in Retail Automobile Sales (CARS) Act would stop the Biden Administration’s executive overreach by preventing the implementation of regulations that seek to limit consumer choice, instead allowing consumers to choose the vehicle that best meets their needs. The legislation would:
- Prohibit the EPA from finalizing, implementing, or enforcing its proposed rule titled “Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Year 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles”
- Prohibit the use of authority under the Clean Air Act to issue regulations that mandate the use of any specific technology or that would limit the availability of new motor vehicles based on that vehicle’s engine type
- Require the EPA to update any regulations that result in the limited availability of new vehicles based upon that vehicle’s engine within two years
Full bill text is available HERE.
Read Fox News’ exclusive on the CARS Act HERE.