Pelosi Statement on DOJ Antitrust Investigation into Four Automakers

September 6, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following reports that the Department of Justice has opened an antitrust investigation into four automakers who plan to adhere to fuel efficiency standards set by the state of California:

“The Department of Justice’s reported investigation of the auto companies is frivolous and pretextual, and seeks to weaponize law enforcement for partisan political purposes to advance the Trump Administration’s toxic special interest agenda.

“California’s agreement with four leading automakers to strengthen fuel emissions standards is in support of a legitimate public interest goal: keeping our families safe and safeguarding our clean air for future generations.  Far from hindering healthy competition, California’s agreement promotes a race-to-the-top among automakers to meet the new emission standards, benefiting consumers, strengthening our economy and protecting our environment.  The Department of Justice must end this sham investigation and return to policing actual anticompetitive conduct.

“House Democrats stand with California and the 13 states and District of Columbia that join it in setting strong, effective emissions standards to fight for a sustainable, clean energy future for our children and grandchildren to grow and thrive.   We will not let the Trump Administration’s dangerous agenda prevent us from achieving success in this critical mission.”