American Consumer Institute Statement on H.R. 4468, the Choice in Automobiles Retail Sales Act (CARS)
Wednesday December 6, 2023, the House passed the CARS Act (H.R. 4468) in a bipartisan vote of 221-197. Introduced by Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Andrew Clyde (R-GA), the bill prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing a proposed vehicle emissions rule that would limit the kind of cars Americans can purchase by forcing internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles off the market. The CARS Act would also prevent the EPA from implementing future vehicle emissions regulations that would mandate certain technologies or limit the availability of vehicles based on engine type.
Following the passage is from ACI’s energy policy analyst, Kristen Walker:
“I commend the House for passing the CARS Act. This is a big win for consumers. Americans, not Washington, should be able to choose what kind of car suits their lifestyle and budget. Last week’s letter from nearly 4,000 auto dealers was a clear indication that demand for electric vehicles is low, inventories are stockpiling, and many consumers still prefer ICE vehicles. Representatives Walberg and Clyde are to be applauded for introducing this legislation and their efforts in getting it through the House. I urge the Senate to swiftly pass the CARS Act to preserve consumer choice and prevent the EPA from abruptly eliminating gas-powered vehicles.”