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H.R. 8395: EPA Regulatory Authority Act of 2022

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Lead sponsor: AOC. Subject: EPA. Status: TBD.


In 2015, to tackle the climate crisis, President Barack Obama’s EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) unveiled an initiative called the Clean Power Plan, which would regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

In 2016, the Supreme Court stayed the plan, halting it from taking effect due to constitutional concerns, even though it technically remained on the books. In 2019, President Donald Trump’s EPA repealed the plan entirely.

Then this past June, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA lacked authority to implement the plan in the first place without “clear congressional authorization.” The 6–3 decision West Virginia v. EPA divided along the court’s traditional ideological lines, with the six Republican-nominated justices in the majority and Chief Justice John Roberts penning the …

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 15, 2022
Length: 3 pages
Jul 15, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jul 15, 2022

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28 Cosponsors (28 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jul 15, 2022

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