A group of 34 Republican senators, led by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), on Thursday introduced legislation that would overturn new emissions standards on heavy-duty trucks that were finalized in December.
The Environmental Protection Agency in December updated emission standards for heavy-duty commercial vehicles for the 2027 model year, tightening tailpipe NOx limits to a level 80%-plus below the current standard and reducing particulate matter limits by 50%.
"The Biden administration is saddling the trucking industry with an onerous regulation that would jack up vehicle costs and hurt good-paying jobs," Fischer says. "This aggressive EPA rule -- which will hit mom-and-pop truck operations the hardest -- is also ineffective because it incentivizes operators to keep using older, higher-emitting trucks for longer."
Also signing on to the bill are Sens. Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kansas), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ted Budd (R-North Carolina), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Eric Schmitt (R-Missouri), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Rick Scott (R-Florida), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Todd Young (R-Indiana), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), Katie Britt (R-Alabama), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri).