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House Passes Emissions-Rules Measure

In a victory for manufacturers last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would prohibit states from banning the sale of new gas-powered vehicles, according to reports. Lawmakers voted 222-190 to pass H.R. 1435, the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act, including yea votes from eight democrats, which would amend federal law to block state attempts to eliminate the sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines as well as prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing waivers that ban such sales. The National Propane Gas Association was proud to support this legislation and appreciate Congressman John Joyce (R-PA13) including the association in the Congressional Record.

In recent months, the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the state of California have all proposed measures to limit emissions from light- and medium-duty vehicles.

The range of frequently conflicting regulations is creating confusion and regulatory uncertainty for manufacturers. The Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act would eliminate that confusion by “harmoniz[ing] vehicle emissions standards,” NAM Managing Vice President of Policy Chris Netram told lawmakers. “When manufacturers have regulatory clarity, we can focus on what we do best – innovating, creating jobs, and investing in America.” The measure now moves to the Senate.

Although the House of Representatives easily passed H.R. 1435, it faces a challenging path in the Senate. With a Democratic majority in the Senate, the odds of passing legislation contrary to President Biden’s agenda are slim. Nevertheless, NPGA remains committed to informing lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the advantages of propane and advocating for energy choice legislation.