Mar 16, 2017

White House Action on CAFE Standards Protects Middle-Class Americans & the Economy

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – President Trump yesterday announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be reviewing the regulation setting Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and national Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for light-duty vehicles.

The regulation, which was finalized in January 2017 as part of President Obama’s many ‘midnight regulations’ before leaving office, addresses federal miles per gallon efficiency standards and would increase the cost of owning and operating a vehicle.

Freedom Partners Vice President of Policy Nathan Nascimento issued the following statement:

“This egregious federal overreach was finalized in the eleventh hour by President Obama, and now it’s rightly being rolled back. The last thing Americans need are more rules and regulations that increase monthly expenses for consumers, putting growth and opportunity further out of reach for many trying to get ahead. We’re encouraged that the Trump administration is continuing to take aggressive steps to protect hardworking taxpayers from the Obama administration’s destructive overreach.”

The regulations on light-heavy duty vehicles acted on by President Trump were initially included in Freedom Partners’ Roadmap to Repeal. Released at the outset of the new administration, the how-to guide features regulations on a broad range of issues, including energy, healthcare, finance and others, and how they can be repealed.

Freedom Partners has also called for action by the Senate to pass comprehensive regulatory reform legislation, including the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, and the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017.

During its eight years in Washington, the Obama administration issued more than 600 major rules and regulations costing more than $700 billion. Freedom Partners strongly supports efforts to undo President Obama’s harmful regulatory agenda and advance comprehensive regulatory reform measures through the Senate to be signed into law.