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House Passes Bill to Protect Brick Industry and Jobs from EPA Regulation


WASHINGTON, DC – Adding to the Energy and Commerce Committee’s bipartisan #RecordOfSuccess, the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 4557, the Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act, by a bipartisan vote of 238-163. The bill was authored by committee member Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), and co-sponsored by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA). H.R. 4557 would protect the brickmaking industry and thousands of jobs from being required to comply with the EPA’s costly “Brick MACT” rule before the completion of judicial review.

For a fact sheet on the bill, click HERE.

Rep. Johnson speaks on behalf of the BRICK Act

Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) discusses the BRICK Act

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) concluded, “Most companies that find themselves threatened by this rule are small businesses – many are family owned – and the industry is still dealing with the effects of the recession and the weak recovery that continues to suppress demand for bricks and other building materials. Today the House put brickmakers and their thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Michigan and across the country first. The bipartisan BRICK Act is matter of fairness and commonsense.”



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