This week, Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the American Mineral Security Act (S.883), a bill focused on supporting the minerals science related to critical minerals. As a member of the Minerals Science Information Coalition (MSIC), IMA-NA is supportive of measures to increase the visibility of minerals sciences and the role of the US Geological Survey (USGS) in global economy. Senator Murkowski’s bill focuses specifically on critical minerals; creating a designation methodology, assessing resources, studying market demand and impact, and developing forecasting tools. IMA-NA would like Senator Murkowski’s bill to be a starting place for a reinvestment in the necessary work done by the National Minerals Information Center (NMIC) at USGS. Our modern lifestyle relies on the mining industry and the raw materials it provides, and yet the US government has repeatedly cut funding and support for the programs that allow for conscientious mineral development with an eye towards the future. IMA-NA hopes that starting with critical minerals will increase awareness of the importance of NMIC, particularly in the usefulness of creating forecasting tools. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Energy Natural Resources. The text of the bill is attached for your viewing.