Rush Introduces Major Legislation to Substantially Reduce Emissions in Transportation Sector, Promote Use of Electric Vehicles

Jan 7, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced H.R. 5545, the New Opportunities to Expand Healthy Air Using Sustainable Transportation (NO EXHAUST) Act of 2020.  This bill promotes the domestic manufacture and use of advanced, fuel efficient vehicles and zero emission vehicles; encourages electrification of the transportation sector; creates jobs; and improves air quality.  The bill would also authorize more than $6 billion dollars each year in grants and rebates over the next ten years for states to implement electric vehicle networks.

“The transportation sector accounts for nearly a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, emitting more greenhouse gases than any other sector of the U.S. economy.  This directly ties the planes and trains we ride, as well as the automobiles we drive, to the existential threat posed by climate change.  Moreover, the inadvertent ingestion of fumes from the congestion on our roadways has been linked to various diseases, ultimately undermining the public health.

“This is exactly why I introduced the NO EXHAUST Act of 2020, which would seek to reverse damage done by vehicle emissions to our environment and our bodies through the promotion of fuel efficient and zero emission vehicles.  This bill would also ensure that underserved communities reap the benefits of a clean energy economy by providing those communities access to electric vehicle infrastructure, clean transportation, and improved air quality,” said Rep. Rush.

The NO EXHAUST Act of 2020 authorizes:

  • $2 billion per year from fiscal year 2021 through 2030 for the grants to state and local governments and private entities for electric vehicle deployment;
  • $2.5 billion per year over the same period for large-scale projects to electrify the transportation sector; and
  • $2.5 billion per year over the same period to accelerate the domestic manufacturing of electric vehicles.

This bill also directs the Secretary of Energy to give priority to grant applicants that include written assurance that all laborers working on projects will be paid prevailing wages.