Senate passes diesel, conservation program bills

By Manuel Quiñones | 05/09/2024 06:35 AM EDT

The chamber approved the legislation by voice vote.

Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.).

The Senate on Wednesday approved bills from Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va., left) and Chair Tom Carper (D-Del., right). Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Senate on Wednesday approved a reauthorization of EPA’s diesel emissions program and an extension of conservation legislation first signed into law by former President Donald Trump.

The chamber voted by voice vote for S. 2195 to reauthorize the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) through fiscal 2029. The Environment and Public Works Committee cleared the bill last year.

The Senate also passed by voice vote an amended version of S. 3791 to extend the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act. It cleared the EPW panel earlier this year.


The bill would reauthorize programs like the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, Chesapeake Bay Program, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. It also seeks to protect livestock from predators and combat invasive species.