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Senate votes to block Federal Highway Administration rule requiring states to monitor emissions

White House says Biden intends to veto measure

Published: April 11, 2024 12:24pm

Updated: April 11, 2024 12:28pm

The Senate passed has passed a resolution to end a Federal Highway Administration rule that requires states and municipalities to monitor emissions reductions and set reduction goals.

The upper chamber on Wednesday passed the GOP-led measure 53-47, with four Democrats joining Republicans.

“Few things are more frustrating in government than unelected bureaucrats asserting authority they don’t have and foisting federal mediocrity on the excellence of states,” said bill sponsor Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

A group of senators who wrote the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law considered granting the FHWA the authority to establish greenhouse gas emissions monitoring, Cramer said, but after debating the measure, it was left out.

However, White House says Democrat President Joe Biden intends to veto the measure. 

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