On Tuesday, the House of Representatives reportedly voted to repeal a pollution rule proposed by President Joe Biden for trucks, setting the stage for an expected veto from the White House.
The final tally was 221 to 203.
It is anticipated that the regulation in issue proposed by President Biden, which seeks to minimize pollution caused by heavy-duty vehicles, will lower emissions of nitrogen oxides by a factor of fifty by the year 2045.
Exposure to these pollutants over a prolonged period of time can lead to the development of respiratory infections and can make existing respiratory disorders, such as asthma, much worse.
Those in favor of the regulation point to the anticipated positive health effects; specifically, it is anticipated to lower the number of premature deaths that occur annually, ultimately saving 2,900 lives by the year 2045.
Truck manufacturers, on the other hand, have stated that the regulation would be difficult to enforce, and Republicans have suggested that increasing expenses on the sector might contribute to an increase in inflation.
The identical resolution to overturn the regulation was just recently adopted by the Senate, which means that the move taken by the House will send it to the president’s desk.
However, at that time, the White House stated that President Biden would exercise his veto power over the resolution if it reached his desk.