Hoeven Pushing Back on Biden Administration’s Harmful Regulatory Agenda

Senator Helps Reintroduce Bill to Prevent President From Declaring Climate Change a National Emergency

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven recently helped reintroduce legislation sponsored by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to push back on the Biden administration’s harmful regulatory agenda and prevent the president from declaring a national emergency on the premise of climate change. Specifically, the bill would prohibit the president from using the three primary statutory authorities available (the National Emergencies Act, the Stafford Act, and section 319 of the Public Health Service Act) to declare a national emergency solely on the basis of climate change. 

“Time and again, the Biden administration has pushed heavy-handed regulations to appease their environmentalist allies, hurting our economy, undermining U.S. domestic energy production and leading to higher prices for consumers,” said Senator Hoeven. “This legislation would take an important step to ensure the president cannot misuse national emergency authorities to impose this harmful agenda on the American people.”

“The Biden administration has repeatedly governed by executive overreach when it comes to energy and environmental regulations, ignoring the law and doing so without congressional approval. These regulations have made us less energy independent, led to higher prices for consumers, and created uncertainty for employers and workers across the country. The Real Emergencies Act would ensure the president cannot go further by declaring a national emergency, which would grant him more executive authority and grow the size of government all in the name of climate change,” said Senator Capito, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee.

In addition to Hoeven and Capito, the bill is cosponsored by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). Click here to read the full bill text.