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IMA-NA Submits Testimony to the Record on Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, April 21, 2017

Last week, IMA-NA and other members of the Minerals Science and Information Coalition (MSIC or Coalition) submitted written testimony to the record about the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's (ENR) hearing: to examine the United States’ increasing dependence on foreign sources of minerals and opportunities to rebuild and improve the supply chain in the United States. The Coalition, made up of minerals and materials interest groups, was established to push for increased investment in minerals science, particularly as it relates to federal funding for the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Minerals Information Center (NMIC) and Minerals Resources Program (MRP). Thus far in the new Congress there have been a House and Senate hearing focused on the importance of a domestic mineral supply chain. MSIC's testimony applauded the Senate ENR Committee for exploring the U.S.'s supply chain, the current pressures on domestic production, growing reliance on imports, and the importance of minerals to every aspect of modern society.  The Coalition additionally, offered support for the reintroduction of last sessions American Mineral Security Act, S.883. If the two hearings are any indication the 115th Congress is beginning to express an interest in better understanding the mining industry, which is reminder of the importance in MA-NA members telling their story. 

 If you'd like to read the testimony it is attached.  

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Trade Promotion Authority Bill Stalls in House

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, June 12, 2015

Despite President Obama's attempts to whip Democrat votes, the trade package that would grant him fast-track authority to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement failed this afternoon, after the House voted down the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) portion by a margin of 126-302. The package, which already passed the Senate in May, required the passage of both TAA and the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) measures in order to make it to the President's desk. Democrats had expressed disapproval with the drafted TAA plan, taking the stance that the financial assistance for workers was not substantial enough to offset the potential job losses resulting from TPP.  Due to his party's resistance to the overall trade package, President Obama personally made the plea for votes during a Hill visit this morning.  When Minority Leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), announced her intention to vote down the measures it was clear the President's visit had little impact on his Caucus.

Following the TAA vote, the Republicans decided to vote on the TPA portion in a symbolic gesture of support for the trade package. The TPA portion was agreed to by a vote of 219-211. It is probable the House will vote on TAA again next week, in hopes that over the weekend enough votes can be whipped to enact passage of the full deal. Should the vote on TAA fail again, the Republicans have expressed confidence they can pass TPA as a freestanding measure.  It remains to be seen whether the House will be able to follow the lead of the Senate and pass this important measure that will allow for continued development of international trade agreements.

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