WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced a joint resolution disapproving of one of the most harmful and expensive rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulating ozone standards. This joint resolution utilizes the Congressional Review Act to empower Congress to stop the EPA’s harmful rule from taking effect. The Congressional Review Act allows for expedited consideration of a joint resolution of disapproval, preventing the implementation of a final rule and the issuance of any substantially similar rule. Under the expedited procedures a joint resolution must garner a simple majority and cannot be amended or filibustered in the Senate.
The rule joins a number of other costly, expansive, and crippling regulations put out by the EPA during the Obama Administration part of the new national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) to lower the ground-level ozone limit from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb.
According to the EPA’s own estimates, this new regulation will be one of the most crippling in history at $1.4 billion a year and could impact job growth in nearly one-third of all counties or county equivalents in the United States. These counties could face penalties, such as a loss of transportation funding, for non-compliance.
“While no one disagrees that the protection of air quality is an essential responsibility, Hoosiers have a proven track record of being good stewards of the environment while growing their businesses,” Walorski said. “Yet the EPA continues to issue rules that overwhelm Hoosiers businesses and threaten job creation. It’s time to end the EPA’s assault on business. We should focus on policies that grow the economy, not burying job creators under red tape and burdensome mandates.”
The EPA has a statutory duty under the Clean Air Act to periodically review the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six primary pollutants: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particle pollution and sulfur dioxide. These reviews are designed to ensure that the air quality standards are set at levels to protect public health.
Watch Walorski’s floor speech earlier today here
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.