Hoeven Statement After Biden Administration Imposes Costly, Overreaching Mandates on State DOTs

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Biden administration finalized costly, overreaching emissions mandates on state departments of transportation (DOTs). Specifically, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is reinstating an Obama-era rule to require state DOTs to set and enforce targets for reducing CO2 emissions from vehicle traffic, which would significantly burden state-level investments in roadways, bridges, highways and other transportation projects. Earlier this year, Hoeven and his colleagues called on the FHWA to rescind the proposed rule, stressing that the agency does not have the required authority from Congress to impose such a mandate.

“This rule undermines our nation’s ability to make cost-effective upgrades and repairs to our roads, bridges and other transportation systems, increasing the burden on taxpayers and hampering our economic growth,” said Hoeven. “The Biden administration continues to force our nation down the wrong path, while reaching well beyond the authority provided by Congress. Instead, we should be providing regulatory relief and respecting states’ role in building the safe and efficient transportation infrastructure needed to support our economy and quality of life.”