H.R. 1937 - National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015

Bill Text

    Text of H.R. 1937 PDF XML

    National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015 (as reported)

    H. Rept. 114-253 Part 1 PDF

    Report from the Committee on Natural Resources

Rule Information

REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 .

Agreed to by record vote of 244-185, after agreeing to the previous question by record vote of 243-184, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.


1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Natural Resources.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the bill shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill.

6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed the report.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
5Version 1Cartwright (PA)DemocratStrikes sections of the bill that would limit judicial review of agency actions and prevent the awarding of attorney’s fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act. Made In Order
4Version 1Dingell (MI)DemocratEnsures that mining permits are fully reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act.Made In Order
6Version 1Grijalva (AZ)DemocratRequires mineral developers to pay an 8 percent royalty, with the Secretary of the Interior able to use such royalties for abandoned hardrock mine lands reclamation.Submitted
1Version 2Hastings, Alcee (FL)DemocratRevised Requires demonstration for proposed projects that domestic capacity to produce strategic and critical minerals is less that 80 percent of domestic requirements and requires publication of intent to transport or sell strategic and critical mineral intermediate and final products outside of the United States unless the domestic capacity exceeds 80 percent.Made In Order
3Version 1Lowenthal (CA)DemocratReplaces the bills definition of “strategic and critical minerals” with the accepted definition from the National Research Council. Made In Order
8Version 1Lujan (NM)DemocratLate Requires the identification of the most dangerous known abandoned and inactive mines and establishes a priority plan for clean-up. Requires federal agencies to conduct certain activities prior to mine remediation, such as developing contingency plans and alerting potentially affected entities. Submitted
11Version 1Lujan (NM)DemocratLate Establishes an Office of Gold King Mine Spill Claims to expeditiously carry out the claim process. Outlines allowable damages, including property loss, business loss and financial loss. Submitted
12Version 1Lujan (NM)DemocratLate Requires the EPA to work with affected States and Indian tribes to develop, fund and implement long-term monitoring of the rivers impacted by the Gold King Mine spill. Provides sense of Congress that EPA should consult with communities and Indian tribes on designation of Upper Animas River watershed to the National Priorities List and for construction of a water treatment plant to reduce ongoing discharge into the River.Submitted
2Version 1MacArthur (NJ)RepublicanProhibits the sale or export of any mineral extracted as a result of this act to or for the benefit of the government of Iran, or any other state sponsor of terror. Submitted
9Version 1McKinley (WV)RepublicanLate Requires that all reviews required under NEPA are completed before a federal agency can issue a permit for a coal export facility. Submitted
10Version 1Pearce (NM)RepublicanLate Clarifies that the bill does not affect Secretarial Order 3324, issued by the Department of the Interior. Made In Order
7Version 1Torres (CA)DemocratProhibits mineral exploration and mine permits on reservation land, land held in trust or restricted status on behalf of a tribe, land that is considered sacred under Executive Order 13007, or that may affect tribal resources or treaty rights. Submitted