WASHINGTON — A new bipartisan duo is diving in to defend gas cooktops.

Senate Energy Committee Chairman Joe Manchin, DW.V., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the new ranking member of the Commerce Committee, joined forces Thursday on legislation that prevent the Consumer Product Safety Commission from using federal funds to ban new or existing gas stovesaccording to a copy of the bill first shared with NBC News.

Specifically, the two-page Gas Range Protection and Freedom Act would prevent the commission from using federal funds to regulate an existing gas range as a «prohibited dangerous product» or to impose or enforce any product safety standards or rules. that results in a ban on the use or sale of gas stoves, or an increase in their average price, in the US.

“The federal government doesn’t have to tell American families how to cook their dinner, which is why Senator Cruz and I introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure Americans decide how to cook in their own homes,” Manchin, who has been fighting for a massive gas pipeline. project to be built in West Virginia, he said in a statement.

“I can tell you that the last thing leaving our house is the gas stove we cook on, and I will continue to fight any overreach by the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” he continued.

Cruz, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, added: «Make no mistake, radical environmentalists want to stop Americans from using natural gas. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s proposed ban on gas cooktops is the latest egregious scaremongering.» of the far left and their allies in the Biden administration.

“I am pleased to partner with Senator Manchin in this bipartisan effort to prevent the federal government from issuing regulations that put the interests of the Green New Deal ahead of the well-being of American families,” Cruz said.

Nearly 40% of American homes use gas stoves, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Manchin-Cruz’s proposal is a direct response to a top official at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, who sparked a heated debate last month by raising the possibility of banning new gas stoves over concerns of that pollutants from indoor gas flaring could increase health risks. , including childhood asthma.

“Products that cannot be made safe can be banned,” CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. said in an interview with Bloomberg Newsand added that «any option is on the table.»

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden «does not support a ban on gas stoves.» A CPSC spokesperson clarified that staff will begin «gathering data and perspectives from the public on the potential hazards associated with gas cooktops and proposed solutions to those hazards later this year.»

In a letter Speaking to CPSC last week, Cruz responded that a “full or partial ban on gas stoves would constitute government overreach” and questioned the findings of studies linking gas stoves to health risks.

The issue had been simmering when the Energy Department reignited the gas stove debate Wednesday by proposing new efficiency standards for consumer kitchen appliances.

The proposed standards, which focus on energy consumption, would require both gas and electric stoves to meet certain efficiency thresholds. He proposal it also suggests new standards for gas and electric ovens.

“As required by Congress, the Department of Energy Proposes Efficiency Standards for Gas and Electric Cooktops; We are not proposing bans for either,» a department spokesperson said in a statement.

“The proposed standards would not go into effect until 2027 and would cumulatively save the nation up to $1.7 billion,” the spokesperson said. «All the major manufacturers have products that meet or exceed the requirements proposed today.»