(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Thursday the House in a 222-190 vote passed legislation that would block states from implementing any laws that would limit the sale of gas vehicles.
The Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act was passed only one day after being sent to the House floor for a vote by the Rules panel. The bill passed along party lines with the House GOP supporting it, while the Democrats voted against it.
The Act is predominantly targeting Democrat-led states who had been taking steps to reduce the number of gas-powered car sales. According to the bill, the Environmental Protection Agency also does not have the necessary authority for waivers to be issued banning vehicle sales.
California will be one of the states most affected by this bill, as last month the California Air Resource Board banned the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035 and called for all new cars to have zero emissions.
The House Republican Conference chair, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) also expressed her support for the bill and slammed Kathy Hochul, her state’s governor, for pushing policies that would completely destroy consumer choice and would force users to purchase electric vehicles instead of gas-powered cars. She added that in New York and the North Country, there were many communities that could not feasibly use electric vehicles and pointed out that all communities had the right to prosper without needing to abide by these “green regulations.”
While the bill has passed through the House it will have a much tougher time passing through the Democrat-controlled Senate and receiving the signature of President Joe Biden.
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