The Leader’s Floor Lookout: Week of May 22, 2023
Washington, May 21, 2023
Here’s what to watch for on the House Floor this week:
Denouncing Biden’s Burdensome Trucking Emissions Rule
Once again, Democrats are putting their ‘Green New Deal’ agenda above the livelihoods of hardworking Americans – this time, going after small business truckers.
In December, Biden’s EPA finalized a nitrogen oxide (NOx) rule that requires big rigs to meet extreme emission reductions standards starting in 2027, driving small truck drivers off the road and out of business.
Though Democrats claim this will help the environment, manufacturers say that reducing NOx emissions from engines often results in increased CO2 emissions. In addition, the rule creates incentives for truck operators to use older vehicles with higher emissions for longer.
In the midst of record high inflation and supply chain chaos, the Biden EPA’s burdensome rule would only make things worse by significantly increasing trucking costs and destroying jobs.
All this adds up to the American people paying even more money for the things they need to be transported to them, for the sake of Democrats’ woke and misguided ‘Green New Deal’ agenda.
Sen. Deb Fischer’s legislation, S.J. Res. 11, would reverse the Biden EPA’s new burdensome trucking regulations, protecting small business truckers and preventing more inflation and supply chain issues.
Truckers are the heartbeat of America. House Republicans are standing with our nation’s truck drivers against burdensome regulations that will fuel inflation and further damage our supply chain.
Stopping Biden’s Unconstitutional Student Loan Bailout
President Biden is putting hardworking taxpayers on the hook for unpaid student loans through unconstitutional overreach of the executive branch.
In August, President Biden revealed his plan to ‘cancel’ student debt for people making under $125,000 – a plan that is estimated to cost American taxpayers $400 billion, in addition to $195 billion from a repayment pause and $230 billion for the Administration’s Income-Driven Repayment plan.
This plan doesn’t ‘cancel’ anything. It forces American taxpayers who never took out loans or paid them off to pay off debt held by about 13% of the population who took out federal loans.
Not only does this shift costs to taxpayers, but the Biden Administration’s so-called ‘authority’ to transfer this debt is completely unconstitutional. Six states are challenging President Biden’s student loan cancellation before the Supreme Court.
H.J. Res. 45, introduced by Rep. Bob Good, revokes the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional claim to have the authority to forgive loans and ends the pause on student loan repayment, saving taxpayers money.
President Biden’s plan is a slap in the face to the Americans who have paid their debts and a massive overreach of executive power. House Republicans will always stand up for hardworking taxpayers.
Cracking Down on Fentanyl to Save American Lives
Thanks to Biden’s border crisis, fentanyl is pouring across our southern border, destroying lives, families, and communities.
But still the President refuses to take the mass poisoning of Americans seriously.
More than 150 people die from fentanyl and synthetic opioid-related overdoses every day, and fentanyl is the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old – taking more lives than heart disease, cancer, suicide, and homicide.
If the temporary order scheduling fentanyl related substances (FRS) ends, several FRS will become street-legal, law enforcement will lose authority to seize them, and drug traffickers will continue to funnel increasingly deadly drugs into the United States.
This should not be partisan – lives are at stake. In 2022, drug overdoses claimed the lives of over 100,000 Americans, 67 percent of which involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and the DEA seized over 379 million doses of fentanyl – enough to kill every American.
H.R. 467, the HALT Fentanyl Act, introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith, permanently classifies fentanyl-related substances (FRS) in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, guarantees law enforcement has the resources to keep these drugs off the street, and allows for further research of FRS.
House Republicans are doing everything in our power to stop fentanyl from claiming more American lives – will Democrats join our efforts, or continue to shy from this deadly crisis?