House Republicans Repeal Greenhouse Gas Reduction 'Slush' Fund

House Republicans Repeal Greenhouse Gas Reduction 'Slush' Fund

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
March 22, 2024

During the last House session for the month, House Republicans overwhelmingly voted in favor of repealing a portion of the Clean Air Act, creating the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The final vote was 209 in favor of passing the repeal, with 204 opposed, making it a narrow victory for Republicans as the bill passed along party lines.

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund was introduced as part of the 2023 Inflation Reduction Act, designed to cut back on atmospheric gases that trap heat and thereby drive warming temperatures.

Such an effort would involve the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granting $27 billion toward "financing and private capital" to "deliver lower energy costs and economic revitalization to communities, particularly those that have historically been left behind."

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Last February, Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) introduced HR 1023 repealing the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

Before the vote, Rep. Palmer took to X (formerly Twitter) to urge his fellow Republicans to vote in favor of his bill, saying, "H.R. 1023 helps lower energy costs and unleash American energy by repealing Biden and Congressional Democrats' $27 billion slush fund and the natural gas tax put in place by their misnamed "Inflation Reduction Act."

Similarly, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) called the bill "an important step towards ending the President’s radical rush-to-green agenda."

Representative Rick Allen (R-GA) was equally harsh in his criticism of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, similarly describing it as a "slush fund" and part of the Biden Administration's "radical rush-to-green agenda."

"H.R. 1023 would rescind the EPA’s $27 BILLION "Green New Deal" slush fund and repeal the administration’s disastrous proposed natural gas tax. Americans are sick and tired of their hard-earned tax dollars contributing to this administration’s radical, rush-to-green agenda," Rep. Allen tweeted.

The votes in favor of passing Rep. Palmer's HR 1023 were heavily along party lines, with nearly all Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against. A single "no" among Republicans was Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), while there was a single "yes" from Democrats belonging to Representative Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX).

Arizona's largely Republican Congressional delegation overwhelmingly voted in favor of Palmer's bill, except for Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who did not vote. Meanwhile, Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) was the only one not to vote among Arizona Democrats, as Representatives Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Greg Stanton (D-AZ) voted against it.

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Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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