The following press release from the National Mining Association summarizes the recent actions in Congress and explains the path moving forward as the Energy Bill recently passed by the Senate moves to the House.
Last week, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) energy package (S. 2012), which included provisions to reduce minerals mine permitting delays, finally passed the Senate. The bill, an NMA chief objective, passed by a vote of 85-12. In addition to achieving permitting reform, the Senate bill also requires the Department of the Interior to collaborate with state agencies to conduct a nationwide resource assessment of known and undiscovered critical mineral resources.
In support of the bill’s passage, NMA placed a series of op-eds by NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn in target states. Op-eds appeared in 10 papers including the Reno Gazette Journal and the Louisville Courier.
“What’s promising is that Congress is actively working together because there is now a clear recognition that access to the nation’s minerals supply chain is a major building block toward energy security,” Quinn wrote in the Reno Gazette Journal. “This kind of forward thinking can lead to a revitalized manufacturing sector alongside robust investment in emerging technologies.”
Next, Congress will move to conference the Senate energy bill with the House energy bill and the House minerals permitting legislation. As the bill moves towards conference, NMA has continued to place op-eds, this time signed by Reshoring Initiative Founder Harry Moser, on the necessity of permitting reform for growing domestic manufacturing.
“If Washington is serious about aiding the nation’s manufacturers, the time has come for Congress to deliver legislation to the president that reforms America’s antiquated mine permitting process and revitalizes two industries that have long supported the nation’s middle class,” Moser wrote in the Duluth News Tribune.
NMA Staff Contact: Katie Sweeney at email@example.com or (202) 463-2627.