A bipartisan group of U.S. senators have introduced a bill to reauthorize the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) through fiscal-year 2024 at current funding levels.
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) will hold a hearing on the bill today. In addition to funding levels, the legislation would also ensure “equal funding opportunities between both large, metropolitan centers and less populated, rural areas across the country,” according to a press release issued by U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), one of the bill’s sponsors.
In addition to Carper, the bill was introduced by U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (D-Okla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Kirsten Gillbrand (D-N.Y.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).
“DERA effectively uses American-made technology to reduce air pollution that harms our lungs and our climate — creating American jobs and a healthier environment,” said Carper. “Every dollar invested in DERA generates a 13-fold return in health and economic benefits.”
Sen. Barrasso chairs the EPW Committee; Carper is the committee’s top Democrat.