WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Trump Administration announced a proposal to freeze fuel efficiency standards: 

“Intent on reversing every single policy the Obama Administration put in place to protect workers, consumers, public health, and the environment, today’s announcement shows that the Trump Administration is playing dangerous, partisan games with our nation’s energy security. This rollback of fuel economy standards not only will lead to consumers paying more at the pump but also to a stifling of innovation in our automotive industry.

“Furthermore, this change in policy would prevent states like Maryland and others that have adopted future-looking efficiency standards from enforcing them, denying these states the right to protect their residents from higher gas prices and pollution. I strongly urge the President not to implement this change.”