Government and Politics
January 27, 2023
Fischer, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Block Defense Department’s Green New Deal Mandates
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined 16 of her Republican colleagues this week in introducing the Focus on the Mission Act (S.27). The legislation would prohibit the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) from imposing a new environmental rule on federal contractors that would ultimately drive-up costs for America’s national defense. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) led the introduction of the bill.
“The Department of Defense exists to keep our country safe, not carry out President Biden’s far-left environmental agenda. The Focus on the Mission Act would stop this administration from imposing unnecessary regulations on DoD contractors that would drive-up costs at the taxpayers’ expense,” said Senator Fischer.
In addition to Sens. Fischer and Hoeven, the Focus on the Mission Act is cosponsored by U.S. Senators James Risch (R-Idaho), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).
The DoD’s proposal would require those receiving more than $7.5 million in federal contracts to provide a detailed accounting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within one year.
Additionally, the rule would require those receiving more than $50 million in contracts to develop reduction targets within two years.
The proposed rule was published in November, and the comment period for the rule is slated to end on February 13, 2023, after which a final rule will be formulated.