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IMA Successful at Obtaining Positive Report Language in the Omnibus for the Soda Ash Industry

Posted By Chris Greissing, Thursday, March 22, 2018
The Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations spending bill was released last night. IMA was successful in obtaining positive report language in the bill that directs the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management to consider lowering the federal royalty rate for soda ash to 2%.

IMA has been extremely active in engaging with the House and Senate Leadership to include the American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act in to the package.  The bill has significant bipartisan support, and would reduce the federal soda ash royalty rate from 6 percent to 2 percent for a period of 5 years.  

The need for the lower rate has never been greater for the U.S. soda ash producers.  The lower rates would allow the industry to regain its footing in the global marketplace, reinvest in U.S. soda ash plants, and increase the tax base as more jobs are created at the mine sites and throughout the supply chain.

IMA worked closely with both political parties, including the bill’s sponsors in the Senate, Senators Wyden and Barrasso, and our House supporters as well, key unions, such as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and several glass companies and the Glass Packaging Institute to encourage Leadership to include this in the final bill.  We would like to thank the bill's cosponsors and supporters in helping us achieve this success. 

There were quite a few legislative priorities from both parties that were unable to make it on to the bill, so we are very fortunate to have been included.  

Here is the relevant language.

“Soda Ash – The Committees are concerned about maintaining the United States’ global competitiveness in the production of natural soda ash.  The United States contains approximately 90 percent of the world’s natural soda ash deposits, while many international competitors are producing synthetic soda ash using more energy and generating higher emissions than natural soda ash production.  Therefore, the Committees expect the Bureau to consider using its authority to reduce the Federal royalty rate for soda ash to 2 percent.”

To see the full bill text, click here.
To view the report language, click here. (Bottom of p. 9)

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