The House of Representatives approved, and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) supported, H.R. 1582, the "Energy Consumers Relief Act" that will increase transparency and oversight over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most expensive energy related regulations.
This bill would require that before EPA implements energy regulations that are exorbitantly expensive, this agency must inform Congress of certain costs, benefits, job impact and how it would impact American families' energy prices. Regulations increase costs and decrease investments, with the costs of the regulations passed onto consumers in the form of higher prices. With this in mind, a very high dollar EPA energy regulation would be prohibited if it is determined that the regulation would raise energy prices.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "I am pleased to support this commonsense legislation because the last thing our frail economy needs now is choking regulations that raise energy prices and stifle job creation. American families must be shielded from costly new EPA regulations like the TIER 3 rule, which is estimated to raise gas prices by almost 10 cents per gallon. The House continues to work on behalf of everyday Americans and passage of this bill proves it."