JULY 24, 2014
Yesterday's House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources hearing on "America's Metals and Mineral Security," demonstrated the critical role metals and minerals play in the manufacture of conventional and renewable energy components, consumer electronics and defense technologies, among countless other products crucial to the U.S. economy.
Recognizing this opportunity, a diverse group of 38 companies and organizations, representing nearly every sector of the American economy, recently asked Congress to send critical minerals legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The bi-partisan "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013," passed in the House last September and would ensure timely, responsible access to U.S. mineral and metal resources without reducing any of our nation's strict environmental protections.
To address the nation's minerals needs, allay supply chain concerns and bolster U.S. industry, the Senate must now pass similar legislation.