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PROVE IT gets chance to prove it

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Jan 10, 2024
Sen. Kevin Cramer

Cramer in May. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee plans to mark up the PROVE IT Act next week.

Why it matters: The bill would direct the government to study emissions from heavy industrial products, potentially an important step for trade talks with the EU or a broader carbon tariff regime.

Details: Cosponsor Kevin Cramer confirmed that EPW plans to consider the bill.

  • Ranking member Shelley Moore Capito has raised concerns about the bill, Cramer said, but he plans to start talking to GOP members of the panel ahead of the markup.
  • "If we're successful next week, it'll be a pretty significant step that obviously presents the opportunity for final passage at some point," Cramer said.

Of note: Cramer said he wants the final version of PROVE IT to include language that says it is not intended to be a precursor to a carbon tariff or domestic carbon tax — a sticking point for many Republicans.

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