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Bishop, Lucas Urge Inclusion on Critical Minerals Policy in COVID-19 Bill

Letter Highlights Need to Address U.S. Supply-Chain Vulnerabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 5, 2020 | Committee Press Office (202-225-2761)

Today, Ranking Republican Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Ranking Republican Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and 22 House Republicans sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) highlighting shortcomings with critical mineral supply chains in the United States and the immediate need to include bipartisan solutions in future COVID recovery legislation.   

“The United States has become increasingly dependent on countries like China, Russia, and others to meet our demand for critical minerals. These materials are used in high tech applications across sectors, found in everything from satellites to smartphones to electric vehicles. Minerals are also highly valuable in healthcare, used in antimicrobial hospital beds, specialized cancer treatments, x-ray machines, medical research and many other applications. The past months have underscored the urgency of prioritizing domestic critical mineral development to ensure our near and long-term economic stability and security…

 “The American Critical Mineral Exploration and Innovation Act (H.R. 7061) was introduced in the House of Representatives in May… the additional provisions in the House bill are essential to increasing the efficiency of the permitting process and expanding the research and development activities that will ensure a secure U.S. critical minerals future for the next generation. As the House and Senate work to develop consensus on COVID-19 response and recovery legislation, we urge your support for the inclusion of these provisions to begin to reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign minerals and mitigate this growing threat to the American people.”

 Read the letter HERE.