Press Release

McHenry Bill Forces EPA to Drop Racing Regulation

Congressman introduced RPM Act to block needless regulation

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Washington, April 15, 2016 | Jeff Butler (202-225-2576) | comments

Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10), who introduced the RPM Act to combat EPA overreach into amateur racing, released the following statement after the EPA withdrew its proposed regulation of amateur racers:

“The EPA’s attempt to regulate amateur racers is misguided and unnecessary. Not only is racing a beloved pastime for countless Americans, it also employs millions including many here in western North Carolina. While it's positive to see the EPA react to my legislation, the need for Congressional action on the RPM Act remains. Passing the RPM Act into law is the only way to ensure this ill-advised, job-killing regulation is stopped for good.” 

BACKGROUND:

On March 8th Congressman McHenry joined with Congressman Richard Hudson (R, NC-08) to introduce H.R. 4715 the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 or "RPM Act" which blocks attempts by the EPA to regulate modified motor vehicles used for racing. On March 15th, Congressman McHenry joined a hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to discuss the need for the RPM Act. Video of his testimony can be found here. Coverage of the RPM Act's introduction can be found below:

The Charlotte Observer - March 9, 'Proposed EPA car-engine rule upsets NASCAR-country congressman

Four North Carolina lawmakers in Congress want federal officials to hit the brakes on an anti-pollution regulatory effort that some fear would prevent amateur race-car drivers from modifying motor vehicles’ engines. READ MORE


Washington Examiner -  March 8, 'New bill would kick EPA out of America's racetracks

A small group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from writing rules to regulate race cars, a move the agency threatened last week. READ MORE

WLOS News 13 - March 9, 'Proposed bill could protect race cars from EPA regulation

North Carolina congressman Patrick McHenry has proposed a bill that, if passed, could redefine the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s emissions control regulation rules for cars used primarily on race tracks. READ MORE

Lincoln Times-News - March 14, 'McHenry drafts legislation against EPA motorsports regulation

Two North Carolina congressmen introduced legislation on Monday that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate modified motor vehicles. READ MORE 
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