Committee Passes Capito Carbon Capture Bill, Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today welcomed committee passage of the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, bipartisan legislation she introduced to incentivize carbon capture research and promote innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions. The bill passed the committee by a voice vote.
“To reach our full energy potential, we need to pursue an all-of-the-above energy strategy, and an important part of that is developing new and innovative ways to use our resources,” Senator Capito said. “Building on the success of the bipartisan FUTURE Act, this legislation will provide new incentives for the deployment of carbon capture technologies and eliminate obstacles for those trying to reduce emissions. I am excited that we were able to pass this bipartisan bill out of committee today, putting us one step closer to finding innovative ways to use—rather than waste—carbon.”
The USE IT Act is the most significant bipartisan carbon capture legislation ever to pass the EPW committee. It follows the recently enacted Furthering Carbon Capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground Storage, and Reduced Emissions (FUTURE) Act, which expanded and extended the tax credit for carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) facilities.
The committee also passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act, a bipartisan bill to support U.S. economic prosperity, cut red tape, and keep communities safe by improving America’s water infrastructure. The legislation contains a number of provisions Senator Capito has supported, including legislation she introduced to address the wastewater needs of rural communities.
Click here or the image above for a video of Senator Capito’s remarks at today’s markup.
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