(TheRedWire.com) – On Monday, the White House threatened that they would veto H.R. 1, a House Republican energy package if it passes and makes it to the president for signing.
The White House statement released notes that this particular package would be a step backward and that in its current form, the President would veto it. The package aims to boost fossil fuels, speed up infrastructure projects, and also roll back certain parts of the Inflation Reduction Act. The House is expected to vote on it later this week.
While the package has a strong chance of passing through the House it is unlikely that it will gain the necessary support in the Democrat-controlled Senate. In their statement, the White House also claimed that this legislation would harm the general public while only benefiting oil and gas companies. This is why not allowing this bill to go through would help protect American consumers.
Some of the harms of this particular bill according to the statement include that big companies would try to “skirt the Clean Air Act by lifting pollution control requirements,” the bill if successful would also “ weaken emissions requirements and worker protection for refineries using toxic chemicals, modify requirements under the bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act for determining the safety of chemicals used in the energy sector, and repeal $1.5 billion in investments focused on curbing methane leaks that harm surrounding communities.”
However, those who support the bill which was introduced by House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) say that it will help improve the country’s energy production and infrastructure.
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