BILL TO DEFINE AGGREGATES AS STRATEGIC AND CRITICAL HEADS TO HOUSE FLOOR
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The U.S. House of Representatives will consider legislation July 11 that will classify aggregates as "strategic and critical." The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R.761), authored by sophomore Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), will require the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior to more effectively develop domestic resources of minerals of "strategic and critical importance." According to the text of the bill, this would include "minerals that are necessary...to support domestic manufacturing, agriculture, housing, telecommunications...and transportation infrastructure." In other words, the bill defines stone, sand and gravel as strategic minerals.
Amodei introduced the same bill during the 112th Congress and the House then passed a slightly amended version last July on a bipartisan vote of 256-to-160, with 22 Democrats joining all Republicans in favor. While H.R.761 has 57 cosponsors and is expected to pass the House, it is unlikely to receive the same level of bipartisan support in the 113th Congress. Prospects for passage in the Senate are slim to none.
NSSGA supports H.R.761 and is working with Amodei, his staff and members of the House Committee on Natural Resources to promote the legislation. NSSGA sent a letter of support to the committee. Click here
to view the letter.