I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 11, a resolution that would disapprove the rule entitled “Control of Air Pollution From New Motor Vehicles:  Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Standards.”

     This rule amends the Environmental Protection Agency’s heavy-duty emissions control program — including its standards, test procedures, and other requirements — to further reduce the air quality impacts of heavy-duty engines.  The rule cuts pollution, boosts public health, and advances environmental justice in communities across the country.  It will prevent hundreds, if not thousands, of premature deaths; thousands of childhood asthma cases; and millions of missed school days every year.

     The resolution would deny communities these health benefits by resulting in weaker emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles and engines, which are significant sources of pollutants that threaten public health.  If enacted, the resolution would squander $36 billion in benefits to society — and an opportunity to lead on the defining crisis of our time.

     Therefore, I am vetoing this resolution.

                               JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

 June 14, 2023.

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