Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

Congressman Williams introduces bill to repeal EPA’s CAFE standards

This week, U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX) introduced H.R. 2445, a bill to repeal the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards imposed on car manufacturers.

The EPA’s CAFE standards were originally created by the 1975 Energy Policy Conservation Act and require manufacturers to achieve certain targets for fuel economy.  The federal government’s rules require an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Congressman Williams spoke on the house floor today, calling for Congress to join him in standing up for the free market and consumer choice.

Williams’ floor speech can be viewed here.  Remarks follow.

“Mr. Speaker, at a time when millions of Americans are out of work and the cost of living continues to rise, the President couldn’t be more out of touch with reality.

“For example, Obama has continued pushing for car manufacturers to produce vehicles that get 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 through the EPA’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy program.  What he doesn’t understand is that CAFE standards are expensive for manufacturers, increase the cost for consumers, and have caused a significant decrease in vehicle safety by forcing automakers to downsize and use lighter materials in production. 

“Fuel efficiency has been, and always will be, important to consumers.  Consumer demand is incentive enough for producers to make fuel efficient vehicles.  Some families might trade off miles per gallon for greater safety or more legroom.  The bottom line is the people should make these decisions, not the federal government. The President needs to understand that Americans can make informed purchases without restricting our freedom to choose.

“That’s why I have introduced H.R. 2445, a bill to repeal the CAFE standards.  I hope my colleagues will join me in standing up for the free market by repealing these destructive government regulations.”

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113th Congress