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Manchin joins Senate GOP in bill against EPA tailpipe rule

Texas Republican Ted Cruz is also promising to fight Department of Transportation funding guidelines.

A group of 29 senators introduced a bill aimed at blocking EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations on cars.

The “Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Act,” S. 3094, would prohibit EPA from finalizing or enforcing the rule it proposed in April to control pollution from cars and light trucks. It’s sponsored by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and 27 other Republicans, and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

“Americans deserve to have access to affordable, reliable vehicles fueled by American-made energy products,” Crapo said in a news release.

Like Crapo, Manchin has raised concerns that the Biden administration’s push to promote electric cars and trucks will raise prices for consumers and make the U.S. more reliant on China for lithium and other materials needed for batteries.

“I waited in line for gas in the 70s because America was too reliant on foreign oil, and I refuse to risk one day waiting in line for a Chinese battery,” Manchin said in the release.


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