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McClain leads over 200 Republicans in anti-EPA rule effort

News: Remember the mini-news cycle earlier this year surrounding the so-called “war on gas stoves?” Gear up for a more high-stakes GOP battle over car regulations that will intersect with government funding negotiations.

Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) is leading a group of more than 200 Republican lawmakers in demanding that any final government funding bill contains language banning the EPA from enforcing electric vehicle regulations.

At issue here is a proposed EPA rule that aims to drastically transition the U.S. automobile market toward electric vehicles to cut down on carbon emissions. Republicans strongly oppose this and argue the rule would hurt U.S. consumers and increase dependence on China.

House Republicans included a provision in their Interior-Environment appropriations bill that would stop the EPA from spending any money to implement the proposed EV rule.

“We believe this limitation of funds must be included in any FY24 government funding package,” the Republican lawmakers wrote to Speaker Mike Johnson and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Here’s more from the GOP lawmakers:

The Republican letter is signed by 35 senators and 187 members of the House. But this GOP request will face stiff opposition in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

— Max Cohen and John Bresnahan

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