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The Republican Recap: Week of May 22, 2023

Here’s a recap of what Republicans achieved on the House Floor this week:

Denouncing Biden’s Burdensome Trucking Emissions Rule ✅
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.

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.

“I proudly voted for S.J. Res.11, which nullifies the Biden Administration’s Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions rule," said Rep. Troy Nehls. "I am also pleased to have led this effort in the House with my companion bill. The EPA’s final rule is yet another example of burdensome federal regulation and would unfairly target the trucking industry and pass costs for the American consumer and small businesses, all in the name of the Biden Administration’s woke climate change agenda. The ineffective rule would also force truckers to keep older and higher-emitting trucks on the road longer because of the expensive technological components needed to adhere to the stringent regulations. This out-of-touch rule will not do anything to address the real concerns of the trucking industry. I want to thank Senator Fischer for leading this effort in the Senate and the trucking industry for raising national awareness of this important issue. In Congress, Republicans will continue to prevent overregulation, support America’s small businesses, and keep costs low for consumers.

What Members Said:

“EPA's regulatory efforts are just the latest step by the Biden Administration to electrify the transportation sector and burden American families in the process. The agency itself emphasizes that the rule will cost the truckers between $39 and $55 billion. In fact, the rule is expected to increase the cost of a semi truck anywhere from 8,000 to 42,000 per truck. And as we all know, the cost of these senseless regulations would inevitably be passed on to the American consumer through higher retail prices and increased inflation," said Rep. Bill Johnson. 

Click here or on the image above to view Rep. Johnson's remarks.

Rep. Don Bacon highlighted how S.J. Res 11 protects truckers from oppressive regulations. 

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. 

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 student loan transfer scheme shifts hundreds of billions of dollars of payments from student loan borrowers onto the backs of the American people. I am proud to lead the fight against President Biden’s reckless, unilateral, and unauthorized action that would unfairly penalize those who worked hard to pay off their loans or who never took them out in the first place. I am pleased that my Republican colleagues overwhelmingly supported my legislation on the House Floor this week," said Rep. Bob Good.  

What Members Said:

“As a father of four school aged children, we're now going through that same process with my older two children to determine what are we going to do about their future, but it's a decision we know we need to make and an obligation we know we need to keep on the backside of taking out any loans. Unfortunately, that's a conversation a lot of families don't have in this world before they send their kids off to school. And we need to make sure that there's more information out there before they incur the debt that ultimately they're going to have to repay. But to saddle that repayment on the backs of others that have not benefited from it is simply wrongheaded. And frankly, it's unconstitutional for the executive branch to take that action without going through the legislative branch. But that is precisely what the President is attempting to do," said Rep. Nathanial Moran. 

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Rep. Mark Green emphasized how Biden's student loan bailout is unfair to the 87 percent of Americans who didn't take out loans or who paid off their debt.

Cracking Down on Fentanyl to Save American Lives ✅
Thanks to Biden’s border open policies, fentanyl is pouring across our southern border, destroying lives, families, and communities. In 2022, the DEA seized over 379 million doses of fentanyl – enough to kill every American.

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.

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.

“I am pleased the House has voted in favor of my critical legislation with Congressman Latta to permanently schedule fentanyl analogues. As drug overdose deaths reach historic levels in our country, the HALT Fentanyl Act offers a way to make progress amid the tragedy of addiction," said Rep. Morgan Griffith. "I urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly pass this legislation so that we may send it to the president’s desk to be signed into law." 

What Members Said:

“Make no mistake: fentanyl is a poison in our communities. Every pill, every toke, every line of cocaine is playing a game of Russian Roulette every single time. This crisis is happening in the hands of bad actors such as the Chinese Communist Party and the drug cartels. China remains the primary source of illicit fentanyl and its precursors that are trafficked internationally and through our porous southern border. In fiscal year 2023 so far, Customs and Border Patrol have seized over 17,000 pounds of fentanyl – enough to kill 11 times the entire population of the United States. The HALT Fentanyl Act is an important step in the right direction, and we must permanently schedule these substances," said Rep. Neal Dunn. 

Click here or on the image above to view Rep. Dunn's remarks.
Rep. Tony Gonzales highlighted how the open southern border is allowing fentanyl to flood into communities, putting lives in danger.

Rep. Michelle Steel pointed out how the HALT Fentanyl Act will save American lives.

Denouncing Biden’s Veto of Legislation Prioritizing American Manufacturers Over Chinese Interests ✅

President Biden’s June 2022 Emergency Proclamation allows imports of Chinese solar products with no additional tariffs for two years, guaranteeing unfair import competition for American solar manufacturers. 

Under this proclamation, Chinese companies can circumvent tariffs, and any tariffs imposed as punishment wouldn’t go into effect. They need to be held accountable for trade cheating that kills competition.

Rep. Bill Posey’s legislation, H.J. Res. 39, would prevent the Commerce Department from implementing their final rule that would disadvantage American solar manufacturers while enriching China. Under the Biden rule, our domestic solar energy supply chain will become more reliant on Chinese manufacturers that are exploiting loopholes in our trade laws.

“President Biden is playing right into China’s hands. Every day that the Administration’s solar rule is in effect China gets closer to cornering the solar market, making us more dependent on them while also making it harder for Americans to compete,” said Rep. Bill Posey. “We don’t have to support China’s slave labor practices—we can make better solar products right here in America.” 

What Members Said:

Rep. Jason Smith emphasized how Biden's veto of H.J. Res. 39 means Chinese won't be held accountable for trade cheating.


Rep. Beth Van Duyne highlighted how Biden's veto of H.J. Res. 39 empowers China at the expense of American manufacturers.