Home > newsroom > Page
Hi-Tech Manufacturers Call for Passage of H.R. 527


WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25, 2013 -

Hi-Tech Manufacturers Call for Passage of H.R. 527
April 25, 2013

Dear Colleague,

Over 20 organizations representing hi-tech manufacturers of semiconductors, aerospace technologies, life-saving medical devices, chemicals, fiber optics, and scientific researchers are calling for passage of H.R. 527, the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act. These organizations employ millions of Americans and represent a crucial sector of the U.S. economy.

From high-tech manufacturing to hospitals and scientific labs – our economy in the 21st century is dependent on helium. Helium is essential to the manufacturing of computer chips and fiber optic cables, is used by hospitals for life-saving medical tests like an MRI, and is critical to national defense efforts.

H.R. 527 is a bipartisan effort which passed through the Natural Resources Committee by unanimous consent. The legislation would prevent the closure of the Federal Helium Reserve, which by law is scheduled to close in October of this year resulting in a 30 percent reduction in the global helium supply and a 50 reduction in the domestic market.

According to a letter from 23 organizations including the Semiconductor Industry Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance, Dow, GE, Intel, IBM, Siemens, and Micron “legislation is urgently needed to authorize the Reserve to continue sales of helium to private users and avoid damage to critical sectors of the American economy. The legislation would create a market-based approach with increased transparency for the helium program, while at the same time adding hundreds of millions to the federal Treasury. Time is of the essence to address the helium supply and avoid a needless disruption to America’s economy and scientific research. An important and positive step forward toward addressing this issue would be House passage of H.R. 527.”

I strongly encourage you to support H.R. 527. Please contact Tim Charters with the Natural Resources Committee Majority Staff or Morgan Gray with the Natural Resources Committee Minority Staff if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Doc Hastings (WA-04)
Chairman
House Committee on Natural Resources




Latest News

Proposed Legislation Aims to Ensure Input of Local Communities in Federal Land Management Decisions

Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on the discussion draft of “Locally-elected Officials Cooperating with Agencies in Land Management Act (LOCAL Management Act).” The ...... Read more

Environmental Laws Threaten Safety in Borderland Communities

Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on impediments imposed by federal land management regimes in securing the international borders of the United States. Federal lan...... Read more

Federal Land Management Agency’s Duplicative Regulation Acts in Opposition to Its ‘Stated’ Purpose

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on a recent regulation issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding methane on federal lands. While the BLM...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

No upcoming scheduled events

View All Events