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IMA-NA Participates in Women's Mining Coalition Annual Fly-In

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, April 17, 2015

The Women's Mining Coalition (WMC) kicked off their Annual Washington, DC Fly-In on Monday, April 13th.  Ariel Hill-Davis participated throughout the week in visits to various Congressional offices, as a representative for the Industrial Minerals mining community.  Over the course of the week, theWMC visited over 270 offices to meet with members of Congress and their aides on issues of importance to the mining community.  This year's top issues for WMC mirrored most of the topics IMA-NA is continuing to work on for our members.  Sage Grouse, Waters of the US (WOTUS), the American Minerals Security Act, and the impact of many of the new regulations and standards on the industrial sector; were the main topics of focus during the meetings.  The group asked members to consider supporting various pieces of legislation as well as continuing to educate themselves on the current state of the mining industry across the country.  If you have any questions about the Women's Mining Coalition or the meetings please contact Ariel.

Tags:  Congress  industrial minerals industry  legislation  minerals science  mining  policy  sage grouse  WMC  Women's Mining Coalition  wotus 

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Senator Murkowksi Introduces the American Mineral Security Act

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, April 3, 2015
Updated: Thursday, April 2, 2015

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.

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Tags:  Congress  industrial minerals industry  legislation  minerals science  Murkowski  usgs 

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Mind the Gap - The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Signed into Law

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, June 26, 2014
Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014

On July 22nd, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law, replacing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The House passed the WIOA earlier in July by an overwhelming majority of 415-6, following its June passage in the Senate by a vote of 95-3. WIOA is the updated reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), a bill that was due for reauthorization in 2003. The signing of WIOA into law follows a lengthy bipartisan, bicameral negotiation that reached a conclusion in May with the current version of WIOA.  This is an exciting demonstration of what can be accomplished when Congress and the Administration cooperates on legislation and may be one of the only examples of bipartisanship as campaign season looms.

Congress passed the original WIA in 1998 with the goal of creating a system of programs to train the workforce businesses in the United States needed.  WIA created federally funded, one-stop shop career centers where individuals could access specific training and educational programs as well as other employment services. The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act was reauthorized the same year as WIA’s passage, demonstrating the focus on workforce development issues in 1998.  Unlike WIA, which has been held in limbo for more than a decade, the updated Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act  (CTE) was reauthorized again in 2006.

The long road back to reauthorization of WIA has left a void in public policy related to our investment in workforce development.  Congress has sent a clear message of renewed commitment to ensuring our nation has a skilled and capable workforce. This step towards active promotion of economic growth through creating a dependable workforce is a powerful move.

To read a side-by-side comparison of WIA and WIOA click here.

To read a letter of support IMA-NA signed onto click here.

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