August 02, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Trump Administration Proposal to Roll Back Federal Fuel Efficiency Standards


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — In response to the Trump Administration’s proposal to roll back federal fuel efficiency standards – which support more than 9,900 jobs in Illinois – and revoke the right of states to protect their residents from tailpipe emissions and carbon pollution, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement:


“This proposal, which was drafted by disgraced former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as a gift to the largest oil companies, will force families to spend more money filling up their gas tanks. It will undermine clean car standards that support more than 9,900 jobs in Illinois, lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pollution and make our country more dependent on foreign oil. As someone who fought to defend this nation, I’ve seen firsthand the price we pay for our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. Our government should do everything it can to encourage the use of American-made renewable fuel and Congress should oppose the Trump Administration’s misguided proposal.”


Today, Duckworth joined U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 30 of their colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution in support of the current emission standards.