House to consider legislation to increase development of “strategic and critical minerals”

| Published on July 10, 2013

(Photo: Mike Renlund / Flickr)

(Photo: Mike Renlund / Flickr)

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider legislation tomorrow that would classify aggregates as “strategic and critical,” according to a report from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV) authored the legislation, known as the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 (H.R. 761), and it has 57 cosponsors.

According to the House Committee on Natural Resources, the bill would allow “the United States to more efficiently develop our Nation’s strategic and critical minerals,” creating jobs for Americans.

According a February 15 copy of the bill, the responsibility for developing sources for those minerals would fall on the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture.

NSSGA pointed out that H.R. 761 is similar to H.R. 4402, which previously passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 256-160. However, the association also notes that such bipartisan support is not expected for H.R. 761, though the bill is expected to pass the House.

A copy of the legislation (updated July 3) is available here.

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