WASHINGTON – Today, the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus celebrated the Senate passing S. 1251, the Growing Climate Solutions Act, legislation introduced by caucus Co-chair Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). The bill, approved in the Senate by a vote of 92 to 8, is cosponsored by every member of the Climate Solutions Caucus. It breaks down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices.
“Farmers have always led the way on protecting our environment, and the Growing Climate Solutions Act helps them get paid for their sustainable practices through voluntary carbon credit markets," said Senator Braun, co-chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus. "Americans want real-world solutions - not more government - and Growing Climate Solutions is a bipartisan, common-sense, pro-jobs win that farmers, industry leaders, and conservationists can all support – all without growing our government or adding to our deficit.”
“Addressing the climate crisis is one of the most urgent challenges we face, and our farmers and foresters are an important part of the solution,” said Chairwoman Stabenow. “The bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act is a win-win for farmers, our economy and for our environment. Our bill is a perfect example of how we can work across the aisle and find common ground to address a critical issue affecting all of us and our future.”
“The Growing Climate Solutions Act is an example of how we can bring everyone to the table to find common ground on solutions that will protect our environment and combat climate change. I applaud Chairwoman Stabenow and Senator Braun for their leadership on this common-sense legislation that will help farmers in Delaware and around the country benefit from caring for their land. I look forward to working with the Climate Solutions Caucus to advance it into law,” said Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), co-chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus.
The Growing Climate Solutions Act is cosponsored by 55 senators, including every member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus: Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Angus King (I-Maine), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in addition to Braun, Stabenow, and Coons.
The Senate Climate Solutions Caucus promotes bipartisan discussion about climate policy and advocates for Congress to play a central role in addressing the challenge. Since launching in late 2019, the caucus has held regular meetings with a variety of stakeholders to discuss their concerns and priorities for federal climate policy and opportunities for collaboration. For more about the caucus’ activities, please visit the caucus website here.