06.30.22

Daines Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Rein in EPA’s Authority

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency to rein in the EPA’s authority to issue broad climate regulations with far-reaching implications.

 “I’m glad to see the Supreme Court uphold what we’ve known all along—the Obama-era ‘Clean Power Plan’ was a massive overreach,” Daines said. “This ruling right-sizes the authority of the EPA to issue sweeping regulations and realigns the EPA with the original intent of the ‘Clean Air Act.’ At a time when Americans are already facing record high gas prices, it ensures that the Biden administration will not be able to weaponize the EPA to shut down American energy and further its radical anti-energy agenda.” 

Senator Daines joined an amicus brief in support of West Virginia and 18 other states, including Montana, in a case before the United States Supreme Court regarding the EPA’s authority to use the ‘Clean Air Act’ to issue sweeping climate regulations despite not having the express authority from Congress to do so. 

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Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen