ATA supports Congress action to block GHG rules

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The U.S. Senate voted 53-47 Wednesday to pass a resolution to block a rule by the Federal Highway Administration that will impose greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions performance measures on state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations. 

Late last year, FHWA published its final rule. Under the rule, state and local transportation agencies would be required to measure and report their current GHG emissions, set targets for reductions and report on the progress towards meeting those goals. Consequently, this rule could lead to the delay or cancellation of some infrastructure projects. 

The American Trucking Associations' (ATA) supported the Senate vote result.

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“The FHWA’s GHG emissions performance measures lack statutory authority and are a flagrant example of executive overreach,” says ATA Chief Advocacy and Public Affairs Officer Ed Gilroy.  “States are best equipped to determine their transportation needs, but this rule would create unnecessary bureaucratic barriers to access federal funds and scramble local priorities. Ultimately, this heavy-handed approach would undermine highway expansion projects, leading to greater traffic congestion and higher shipping costs that contribute to inflation.”  

ATA says the resolution of disapproval, which was authored by Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Representatives Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo., must now pass the House before heading to the President’s desk.

“We commend Sens. Cramer and Capito and Reps. Crawford and Graves for their leadership, and we applaud the Senate for advancing this commonsense legislation to reverse FHWA’s errant rulemaking, protect our supply chain, and expand our transportation network,” Gilroy states.

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