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Energy costs act passes with Palmer amendment on gas stoves

The Lower Energy Costs Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. The bill aims to lower energy costs by reducing red tape in the permitting process while also boosting U.S. liquified natural gas.

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), head of the House Republican Policy Committee, praised the law’s passage.

“This is a vote to provide solutions to high energy costs and to end Biden’s energy crisis,” said Palmer in a press release. “H.R. 1 will reduce home energy costs for American families and enhances our national security. It includes two provisions that I drafted, one prohibits unelected bureaucrats from banning natural gas stoves and the other repeals the $27 billion EPA ‘slush fund’ for green advocacy groups. This vote is a win for the American people.”

Palmer said this will reverse President Biden’s damaging energy policies.

“Energy costs are one of the biggest drivers of inflation,” he said. “Inflation has risen to 6.5% since President Biden took office because of reckless spending, massive regulation, and higher energy costs. President Biden’s policies have also made our country more reliant on foreign adversaries, like China, instead of using the abundant natural resources we have here. Thankfully, the bi-partisan H.R. 1 is a step in the right direction. The Senate needs to take up this important legislation without delay.”

The legislation included an amendment from Palmer that prevents the Department of Energy from implementing strict new regulations on gas stoves. The House voted 251-181 in favor of the amendment, with 29 Democrats joining the majority.

Palmer told Fox News Digital that too many Democrats support limiting use of gas stoves in America.

“Despite all their words to the contrary, House Democrats are supportive of federal bureaucrats’ attempts to ban gas stoves,” he said. “By voting against my amendment to prevent the Department of Energy from implementing its anti-natural gas agenda, they have shown themselves to be complicit.”

The congressman said the decision to use gas stoves should not be up to regulators in Washington, D.C.

“Clearly, the plan to ban gas stoves was already in the works even before federal bureaucrats said the quiet part out loud earlier this year,” he said. “Republicans are meeting this attempt to dismantle American energy head on and will continue to empower Americans to choose what appliances belong in their kitchens, not have it dictated to them by a bureaucrat with a political agenda.”

H.R. 1 also includes Palmer’s bill that defunds the EPA’s $27 billion “slush fund” for green energy advocacy groups that was implemented by the misnamed Inflation Reduction Act.

Yaffee is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” weekdays 9-11 a.m. on WVNN. You can follow him on Twitter @Yaffee

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