Barrasso, Lummis Join Effort to Overturn Federal Highway Administration’s Illegal Emissions Mandate on State DOTs

February 9, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis (both R-WY) joined their colleagues in introducing a Congressional Review Act joint resolution of disapproval to overturn the Biden administration’s illegal emissions performance measure being imposed on state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). This emissions mandate limits consumer choice and poses a direct threat to drivers in rural states like Wyoming, which rely on highways and interstates for transportation. 

“The Biden administration is once again unfairly targeting rural America. In Wyoming, we drive longer distances and larger vehicles than residents in other states. Another one-size-fits-all Washington emissions mandate doesn’t give rural states like ours the flexibility we need,” said Barrasso. “This is just another attempt by the Biden administration to force feed American drivers expensive electrical vehicles they don’t want and can’t afford. Our resolution will let Americans continue to purchase a car or truck that meets their needs.”

“This administration continues to take every liberty it can to force its radical and unworkable climate change initiatives onto Wyoming and western industry by any means necessary,” said Lummis. “Imposing one-size-fits-all regulations on states with radically different transportation systems to once again force people across Wyoming to buy EVs is a cruel joke that puts American industry behind the eight ball and limits our economic growth potential.”