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News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Congress passes climate deal, reinstating ‘polluter pays’ tax on oil industry

On Friday, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act that, among major climate and energy efficiency provisions, includes an oil excise tax to fund Superfund toxic waste site cleanups nationwide. The bill reinstates one of several “polluter pays” taxes that fund the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund program and was allowed to lapse 27 years ago. This program is responsible for cleaning up the country’s most hazardous waste sites.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Congress passes climate deal, reinstating ‘polluter pays’ tax on oil industry

On Friday, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act that, among major climate and energy efficiency provisions, includes an oil excise tax to fund Superfund toxic waste site cleanups nationwide. The bill reinstates one of several “polluter pays” taxes that fund the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund program and was allowed to lapse 27 years ago. This program is responsible for cleaning up the country’s most hazardous waste sites.

News Release | Environment America and U.S. PIRG

Updated statement: Congress passes historic climate investment

Legislation containing the country’s largest climate investment ever is now headed to President Joe Biden's desk after the U.S. House voted 220-207 on Friday to pass the Inflation Reduction Act. The bill had already cleared the Senate on Sunday. The Inflation Reduction Act includes roughly $369 billion in climate spending, designed to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 and put the United States’ Paris Climate Accord goals within reach.

News Release | PIRG

STATEMENT: House approves dramatic Medicare Rx pricing changes, saving Americans billions

By a 220 to 207 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives approved on Friday the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes powerful tools the government must implement to ratchet down high drug prices. Last week, the Senate passed provisions that will save close to $240 billion over 10 years and also help many older Americans with the high cost of medications. President Biden is expected to sign the Act into law.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Health Care

STATEMENT: Senate votes for groundbreaking provisions to save billions in prescription drug costs

WASHINGTON – The Inflation Reduction Act just passed by the U.S. Senate provides powerful tools for the government to address high drug prices. Federal legislators identified ways to address drug costs that will save close to $240 billion over 10 years and also relieve the burden of the high cost of medications for many Americans. Next, the U.S. House of Representatives must pass the bill for it to become law.

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