Amodei Introduces Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act
Chairman Hastings: “Rep. Amodei’s bill is a common sense plan to create jobs and increase American-made energy and mineral production.”
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2012 | Jill Strait, Spencer Pederson or Crystal Feldman (202-225-2761)
Today, in the spirit of House Republicans’ American Energy Initiative, Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-02) introduced H.R. 4402, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012, to allow 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. The bill streamlines the permitting process for mineral development by coordinating the actions of federal agencies.
“In the 2012 ranking of countries for mining investment, the United States ranked last, tied with Papua New Guinea, in permitting delays," said Rep. Amodei. "Duplicative regulations, bureaucratic inefficiency, and lack of coordination between federal agencies are threatening the economic recovery of my home state and jeopardizing our national security. Nevada, which is rich in strategic and critical minerals, also has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Decade-long permitting delays are standing in the way of high-paying jobs and revenue for local communities. This bill would streamline the permitting process to leverage our nation's vast mineral resources, while paying due respect to economic and environmental concerns.”
“Job creation, economic growth and increased energy security are top priorities for House Republicans and Rep. Amodei’s bill addresses all three of these goals,” said Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04). “America cannot afford to be heavily reliant on foreign countries for our energy or for strategic and critical minerals that are necessary for so many of the products used in our daily lives. We have all seen the impact of our dependence on foreign oil; when we have the resources, like rare earth elements, available here at home there is no reason that we should have complete dependence on foreign minerals. Rep. Amodei’s bill is a common sense plan to create jobs and increase American-made energy and mineral production.”
Minerals and mined materials are the raw ingredients needed in high-tech manufacturing, renewable energy products and to support our Nation’s energy infrastructure. Critical and strategic minerals are fundamental components of technologies and everyday items ranging from cell phones, computers, solar panels, wind turbines, building materials and motor vehicles to personal hygiene products and office supplies. Currently, the United States is almost 100 percent reliant on foreign countries such as China for certain critical and strategic minerals. Similar to the United State’s dependence on foreign energy, America’s reliance on foreign critical and strategic minerals weakens our national security and sends billions of dollars and good-paying jobs overseas.
A Subcommittee legislative hearing on the bill will be held on Thursday, April 26.
Specifically, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 will:
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