Bost proposes two bills to support gasoline vehicle options

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States would be discouraged from banning gas-powered vehicles under two laws introduced this week by U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL).

“With inflation already very high, drivers shouldn’t be forced to buy a car they can’t afford just to appease Liberal Green New Deal dreams,” Rep. Bost said. “If states choose to force drivers to buy cars that don’t use gasoline, they shouldn’t be able to take advantage of federal fuel tax benefits. It’s so easy.”

On September 6, Rep. Bost sponsored the Property Options Act, HR 8771, with two Republican co-sponsors. The bill would require the US Secretary of Transportation to withhold 15% of federal highway funding from a state that prohibits the sale of motor vehicles that are not zero-emission vehicles, according to the text of the bill.

HR 8771 has been referred to the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for review.

Also on Sept. 6, Rep. Bost signed as the original lead co-sponsor of the 2022 Revocation Engine and Vehicle Requirements (REV) Act, HR 8773, which is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R -THAT).

If enacted, HR 8773 would amend the Clean Air Act to repeal the waiver authority allowing California to enforce certain federally regulated motor vehicle emission-related standards, according to the text of the bill.

“California is nowhere near being able to handle the massive forced adoption of electric vehicles. Our grid should be completely rebuilt,” said Rep. LaMalfa of the state he represents. “Consumers need to be protected from the whims of governmental exaggeration.”

HR 8773 has been submitted to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee for review.

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