H. R. 2507
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 14, 2021
Mr. Curtis (for himself and Mr. Garamendi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture
To amend the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978 with respect to pre-agreement costs of emergency watershed protection measures, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Making Access To Cleanup Happen Act of 2021 or the
MATCH Act of 2021.
Emergency watershed program
Section 403 of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2203) is amended by adding at the end the following:
For purposes of this subsection, the term sponsor means a State or local government, or an Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)).
Pre-agreement project costs
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall—
identify a list of emergency watershed protection measures the cost of which may be incurred by a sponsor prior to entering into an agreement with the Secretary pursuant to this section; and
develop a procedure, including appropriate deadlines, to be implemented at the State level, through which a sponsor may request, for a specified natural disaster, additional emergency watershed protection measures the cost of which may be incurred by a sponsor prior to entering into an agreement with the Secretary pursuant to this section.
If the Secretary and the sponsor enter into an agreement pursuant to this section, the Secretary shall consider any applicable pre-agreement costs incurred by a sponsor for undertaking emergency watershed protection measures identified pursuant to paragraph (2) as meeting part of the sponsor’s contribution towards the project costs.
Assumption of risk
Nothing in this subsection requires the Secretary to enter into an agreement with a sponsor, and a sponsor undertaking emergency watershed protection measures prior to entering into an agreement with the Secretary pursuant to this section shall assume the risk of incurring any costs of undertaking such measures.