Senate Bill 1251
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021
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Amendments
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Passed Senate on Jun 24, 2021
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Apr 20, 2021
Latest Action
Jun 24, 2021
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
1251
Congress
117
Policy Area
Agriculture and Food
Agriculture and Food
Primary focus of measure is agricultural practices; agricultural prices and marketing; agricultural education; food assistance or nutrition programs; food industry, supply, and safety; aquaculture; horticulture and plants. Measures concerning international trade in agricultural products may fall under Foreign Trade and International Finance policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Passed
June 24, 2021
Type
Passed Senate
Senate Roll Call Votes
Summary

Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021

This bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a voluntary Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Certification Program to help reduce entry barriers into voluntary environmental credit markets for farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners. A voluntary environmental credit market is a market through which agriculture and forestry credits may be bought or sold.

Entities eligible to participate in the program are (1) providers of technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, or private forest landowners in carrying out sustainable land use management practices that prevent, reduce, or mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, or sequester carbon; or (2) third-party verifiers that conduct the verification of the processes described in the protocols for voluntary environmental credit markets.

Among other requirements, USDA must publish (1) a list of protocols and qualifications for eligible entities; (2) information describing how entities may self-certify under the program; (3) information describing how entities may obtain the expertise to meet the protocols and qualifications; and (4) instructions and suggestions to assist farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners in facilitating the development of agriculture or forestry credits and accessing voluntary environmental credit markets.

USDA must also establish an advisory council to make recommendations regarding the list of protocols and qualifications, best practices, and voluntary environmental credit markets.

The bill also rescinds certain funds provided in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and makes the funds available for the certification program.

Text (3)
June 24, 2021
June 14, 2021
April 20, 2021
Amendments (1)
Jun 24, 2021
Not Agreed to in Senate
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Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 2119
In the nature of a substitute.
Active
Actions (11)
06/24/2021
Held at the desk.
06/24/2021
Received in the House.
06/24/2021
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
06/24/2021
Passed Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 92 - 8. Record Vote Number: 251. (text: CR S4740-4743)
06/24/2021
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 92 - 8. Record Vote Number: 251.(text: CR S4740-4743)
06/24/2021
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S4736-4740)
06/14/2021
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 74.
06/14/2021
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Reported by Senator Stabenow without amendment. Without written report.
04/22/2021
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
04/20/2021
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
04/20/2021
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Apr 21, 2021 4:27:15 AM
Updated
Jul 14, 2021 4:48:30 AM