Home > legislation > Page
National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 (H.R. 761)
Status: Passed the House on September 18, 2013 with a bipartisan vote of 246-178. Awaits consideration by the Senate.
  • The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R. 761), sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-02), allows the United States to more efficiently develop our Nation's strategic and critical minerals, such as rare earth elements, that are vital to job creation, American economic competitiveness and national security.

  • Currently, the United States is nearly 100 percent reliant on foreign countries, such as China, for rare earth elements and other critical and strategic minerals that are vital components to America’s manufacturing sector.

  • Due to onerous government red-tape, frivolous lawsuits and a burdensome permitting process, good-paying mining jobs have disappeared overseas and put American manufacturing jobs at the mercy of foreign sources.

  • This bill is a bipartisan action plan that cuts red-tape by streamlining the permitting process for mineral development to create jobs and develop rare earths and critical minerals in America - rather than allowing our dependence on foreign countries to threaten our economy and the jobs that depend on these vital raw ingredients.

  • H.R. 761 sets the total review process for permitting at 30 months. Currently, it can take over a decade to acquire all the government permits for a mineral production project. According to one report, currently, the United States ranks last with Papua New Guinea out of twenty-five major mining countries in permitting delays, and towards the bottom regarding government take and social issues affecting mining.

  • Without critical mineral ingredients, entire sectors of our economy, from construction and manufacturing to high-tech to national defense to medical care, are put at risk.

  • Critical and strategic minerals are fundamental components of technologies and everyday items ranging from cell phones, computers, medical equipment, renewable energy products, high-tech military equipment, building materials, and common household products.

  • The timely and environmentally responsible development of our Nation’s vast supplies of strategic and critical minerals will create good-paying mining jobs, boost local economies and provide security to America’s economy.

  • Respects and upholds all environmental laws while setting timelines that ensure these laws do not become tools for lawsuits or bureaucrats to block or delay responsible projects.

  • This legislation is similar to H.R. 4402 that passed the House last Congress with bipartisan support.

Fact Sheets on H.R. 761:

Bill Information:

Committee Activity:

Related Videos:

Chairman Hastings: Critical Minerals are Essential to American Jobs and our 21st Century Economy (9/18/2013)

Related News:

Organizations in Support:

    Give us Your Feedback on H.R. 761:

    Latest News

    New Royalty Valuation Methods Attack Responsible Energy Production on Federal and Tribal Lands

    Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) released a final regulation on valuating royalties from oil, natural gas and coal produced on federal and tribal l...... Read more

    Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of PROMESA

    Today, the U.S. Senate passed S. 2328, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), with a bipartisan vote of 68-30. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following sta...... Read more

    Antiquities Act Abuse Heads East

    OP-ED: Antiquities Act Abuse Heads East By Rep. Rob Bishop Some say cultural trends start on the West Coast and make their way East, but one trend moving eastward is bad news for New Englanders. In m...... Read more

    View All News

    Calendar

    Legislative Hearing on the "Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act"
    Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
    Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4531
    Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs |
    Oversight Hearing on "State Perspectives on BLM's Draft Planning 2.0 Rule"
    Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
    View All Events