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Trump Administration Releases Budget Blueprint

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, March 16, 2017

Yesterday evening, President Trump and his Administration released their proposed budget. The budget blueprint gives a good indication of the Administration's priorities and how it sees the roles of the various federal departments and agencies. The proposal would cut substantial funding across most agencies with only the Department for Homeland Security, Defense Department, and the Department of Veteran Affairs seeing increases in their budgets. The focus on military and security is in line with the Trump Administration's messaging. Cuts range from a 1% proposed cut in NASA's funding to a 31% reduction in the EPA's budget. Of interest in IMA-NA members, the Labor Department under the Trump Administration's proposed plan would see a budget reduction of 21% and the Department of Interior would see a 12% cut. The President's proposed budget gives Congress an the country an idea of priorities of the new Administration. Congress has authority over discretionary spending, but will need to keep this proposal in mind as they work on setting a budget as President Trump will have the opportunity to either veto or sign off on the final budget. 

To read the America First budget blueprint click here.

 

Tags:  administration  budget  department of interior  EPA  Trump 

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Cabinet Confirmations Move Forward - Mulvaney & Pruitt

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, February 17, 2017

Yesterday, Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC5) was sworn in as the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Senate confirmed Mulvaney by a narrow margin of 51-49, largely along party lines.  Senator John McCain was the only Republican to vote against the confirmation, a decision that was made due to Mulvaney's past opposition to budget increases for the military.  Under the leadership of a fiscal hawk, OMB will play an important role in the Trump Administration's plans to rein in overly burdensome regulations.  The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), in OMB, which conducts reviews proposed regulations and evaluates the economic impacts, is expected to fulfill its role as a check on regulatory overreach more effectively in the new Administration. The confirmation of Mick Mulvaney also allows for OMB to begin reviewing agency budget proposals, a process that has been on hold while there was not a Director in place.

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) largely along party lines with a final vote of 52-46.  Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia broke with the Democratic Party and voted for Pruitt while Susan Collins of Maine voted against his confirmation.  Pruitt's confirmation is seen as a coup for the Administration and Republican Party who criticized the EPA loudly for regulatory overreach under the Obama Administration.  Pruitt has a long history of legal challenges to various EPA regulations and his confirmation has been opposed by environmentalists who view him as an enemy to the stated goals of the EPA.  For industry, Pruitt's confirmation is another signal that the regulatory environment in the United States will become substantially friendlier to business and traditional industrial developments. 

As Congress continues using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to revoke various regulations from the last year of Obama's Administration these two confirmations will be shaping the new Administration's regulatory agenda in its new direction.

Tags:  administration  cabinet  confirmation  EPA  Mulvaney  OMB  Pruitt  Regulations  Senate  Trump 

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IMA-NA Supports New Investment in US Infrastructure

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Updated: Friday, March 3, 2017

IMA-NA along with 391 other stakeholders and industries sent a letter to President Drumpf and Congress supporting the development and passage of an infrastructure investment initiative.The broad base of support includes national organizations as well as state and local groups from all 50 states. The united voice behind the letter demonstrates the far reaching support to bring the infrastructure in the United States into the 21st century. Today, Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) began the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America, by referencing the letter. 

IMA-NA supports a reinvestment in US infrastructure and commends both President Drumpf and Congress for working to prioritize initiatives to update, repair, and improve infrastructure across the country. 

To read the letter please download the attachment. 

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  administration  infrastructure  legislation  letter  Trump 

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First Friday Ask IMA - This Friday

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

IMA-NA will be convening First Friday's Ask IMA this Friday, February 3rd at 1:00pm EST. Following the Inauguration on January 20th, Donald Trump's Administration is officially underway. IMA-NA staff will take the opportunity this Friday to review the legislative, regulatory, and executive actions that could impact our industry in the coming months. We'll discuss IMA-NA's upcoming actions to represent the interests of the industrial minerals industry and answer any questions participants have on recent happenings in DC.

To Register Click Here. 

Tags:  administration  first friday  legislation  member outreach  outreach  Regulations  Trump 

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Ryan Zinke's Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Interior Scheduled for This Afternoon

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

At 2:15 EST, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will convene to hold the confirmation hearing for Donald Drumpf's nominee for Secretary of Interior, Representative Ryan Zinke (MT-AL). As IMA-NA noted on both the blog and the First Friday call, Ryan Zinke was an unexpected choice for the role of Secretary of Interior, given that he is the first term Congressman from Montana. Despite his relative inexperience governing, Rep. Zinke's confirmation is anticipated to proceed without controversy or impediment. IMA-NA is looking forward to learning more about Rep. Zinke's approach to leading the Department of Interior as his confirmation process moves along.

To watch the Committee's live webcast of the hearing click here. 

To read Rep. Zinke's confirmation questionnaire click here. 

Tags:  appointee  department of interior  hearing  nominee  ryan zinke  Senate  Trump 

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Representative Ryan Zinke Tapped to be Secretary of Interior

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, December 16, 2016

On Thursday, President Elect Trump announced his nomination of Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) for the position of Secretary of Interior in his Cabinet. The choice of the single term Representative from Montana demonstrated President Elect Trump's willingness to appoint Cabinet positions to unexpected choices.Previously, meetings with Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) seemed to indicate she would be the President Elect's nominee for the Department of Interior.

Prior to winning the Montana At-Large congressional seat in 2014, Rep. Zinke had an illustrious and long career as a Navy Seal. Rep. Zinke served the country for 22 years (1986-2008) in various capacities within the Navy Seal program. Upon leaving the Navy Rep. Zinke stepped into the state political arena, where he served as a state Senator from 2009-2011. In his time as Montana's At-Large Representative, Zinke served on the House Committee of Natural Resources and the Committee on Armed Services. In his relatively short political career, Rep. Zinke has styled himself as a Teddy Roosevelt Republican who aims to balance conservation with reasonable federal land use. As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, Zinke supports responsible stewardship of our public lands. He was a vocal opponent of the designating the Greater Sage Grouse as an endangered species, a move that would have severely undercut land usage out west. 

Based on his record in the 114th Congress, Rep. Zinke appears to be a champion for balancing business, community, economic, and conservation needs across the United States. IMA-NA is looking forward to welcoming Rep. Zinke as the Secretary of Interior following his confirmation.

Tags:  administration  appointee  department of interior  Greater Sage Grouse  nominee  president  sage grouse  Secretary of Interior  transition team  Trump  Zinke 

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IMA-NA Addresses Trump's Energy Transition Team

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, December 15, 2016

IMA-NA participated in an "Energy Listening Session" hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) with senior members of the Trump Transition Team responsible for energy issues.  IMA-NA President Mark Ellis addressed the group during the oil and natural gas session.  After introducing IMA-NA, he addressed the importance of industrial minerals in the hydraulic fracturing process, referencing silica sand, barite and bentonite.  These minerals are essential components of the hydraulic fracturing itself and in the drilling muds used during well development.  He stressed the importance of infrastructure to move the mineral products to the well site and then to move the oil and gas to refineries.  Finally, he advised the transition team that local restrictions on frac sand production were an apparent end-run effort to restrict hydraulic fracturing generally and that the incoming administration should work to ensure that the mineral resources necessary to enable energy development are not unduly regulated.

Tags:  energy  frac sand  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  silica  transition team  Trump 

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