Mine cleanup, wildlife bills up for Senate committee markup

By Kevin Bogardus | 03/11/2024 06:27 AM EDT

Also on the agenda is legislation to help communities affected by natural disasters and the energy transition.

Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.).

Legislation from Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) is on the agenda for a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee markup Tuesday. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

A Senate panel will consider legislation this week to boost conservation, promote the cleanup of abandoned mines and support distressed communities.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s markup Tuesday will advance legislation with bipartisan support and a chance of becoming law during an election year.

On the agenda is the “Economic Development Reauthorization Act,” S. 3891. The bill would reauthorize the Economic Development Administration for the first time in nearly 20 years, updating programs to help rural areas dealing with natural disasters or changes to coal, nuclear, steel and other industries.


The panel will also vote on S. 3791, which would reauthorize the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, which was signed into law in 2020. It has supported wildlife conservation programs but also barred EPA from regulating lead fishing tackle.