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Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012

Short Titles as Reported to House

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012

Short Titles as Introduced

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness.


Actions Overview (4)

Date
07/12/2012Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 256 - 160 (Roll no. 468).
07/09/2012Committee on Judiciary discharged.
07/09/2012Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 112-583, Part I.
04/19/2012Introduced in House

All Actions (57)

Date Chamber
07/16/2012SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
07/12/2012-12:51pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/12/2012-12:51pmHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 256 - 160 (Roll no. 468).
07/12/2012-12:44pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 181 - 231 (Roll No. 467). (consideration: CR H4854)
07/12/2012-12:27pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H4853)
07/12/2012-12:25pmHouseDEBATE - The House continued with debate on the Slaughter motion to recommit with instructions.
07/12/2012-12:18pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Slaughter motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment prohibiting the issuance of permits for mining to persons, corporations or their subsidiaries that have failed to pay any state or federal taxes. The motion also sought to add provisions to Federal mining permits prohibiting the export of strategic and critical minerals to China and Iran, and sought to require, to the extent practicable, that all mining equipment used under mining permits be made in America and to prohibit the holder of the permit from outsourcing American jobs.
07/12/2012-12:18pmHouseMs. Slaughter moved to recommit with instructions to Natural Resources. (consideration: CR H4852-4854; text: CR H4852)
07/12/2012-12:17pmHouseThe House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H4839-4840)
07/12/2012-12:17pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H4852)
07/12/2012-12:16pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4402.
07/12/2012-12:15pmHouseH.Amdt.1377 On agreeing to the Grijalva amendment (A007) Failed by recorded vote: 167 - 248 (Roll no. 466).
07/12/2012-12:12pmHouseH.Amdt.1374 On agreeing to the Young (AK) amendment (A004) Agreed to by recorded vote: 238 - 178 (Roll no. 465).
07/12/2012-12:08pmHouseH.Amdt.1373 On agreeing to the Markey amendment (A003) Failed by recorded vote: 163 - 253 (Roll no. 464).
07/12/2012-12:04pmHouseH.Amdt.1372 On agreeing to the Hastings (FL) amendment (A002) Failed by recorded vote: 162 - 252 (Roll no. 463).
07/12/2012-11:59amHouseH.Amdt.1371 On agreeing to the Tonko amendment (A001) Failed by recorded vote: 162 - 251 (Roll no. 462).
07/12/2012-11:35amHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
07/12/2012-11:34amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Grijalva amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grijalva demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
07/12/2012-11:26amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva amendment No. 7.
07/12/2012-11:26amHouseH.Amdt.1377 Amendment (A007) offered by Mr. Grijalva. (consideration: CR H4847-4848, H4851-4852; text: CR H4847)
07/12/2012-11:25amHouseH.Amdt.1376 On agreeing to the Hastings (FL) amendment (A006) Failed by voice vote.
07/12/2012-11:18amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings (FL) amendment No. 6.
07/12/2012-11:18amHouseH.Amdt.1376 Amendment (A006) offered by Mr. Hastings (FL). (consideration: CR H4846-4847; text: CR H4846)
07/12/2012-11:17amHouseH.Amdt.1375 On agreeing to the Cravaack amendment (A005) Agreed to by voice vote.
07/12/2012-11:07amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cravaack amendment No. 5.
07/12/2012-11:07amHouseH.Amdt.1375 Amendment (A005) offered by Mr. Cravaack. (consideration: CR H4845-4846; text: CR H4845)
07/12/2012-11:06amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Young (AK) amendment, Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Holt demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
07/12/2012-10:55amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Young (AK) amendment No. 4.
07/12/2012-10:54amHouseH.Amdt.1374 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Young (AK). (consideration: CR H4844-4845, H4850-4851; text: CR H4844)
07/12/2012-10:54amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Markey amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Markey demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
07/12/2012-10:43amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Markey amendment No. 3.
07/12/2012-10:43amHouseH.Amdt.1373 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Markey. (consideration: CR H4842-4844, H4850; text: CR H4842)
07/12/2012-10:42amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Hastings (FL) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Hastings (FL) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
07/12/2012-10:34amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings (FL) amendment No. 2.
07/12/2012-10:33amHouseH.Amdt.1372 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Hastings (FL). (consideration: CR H4841-4842, H4849-4850; text: CR H4841)
07/12/2012-10:33amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Tonko amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Tonko demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
07/12/2012-10:23amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 726, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tonko amendment No. 1.
07/12/2012-10:23amHouseH.Amdt.1371 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Tonko. (consideration: CR H4840-4841, H4848-4849; text: CR H4840)
07/12/2012-9:15amHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4402.
07/12/2012-9:15amHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Shelley Moore Capito to act as Chairwoman of the Committee.
07/12/2012-9:15amHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 726 and Rule XVIII.
07/12/2012-9:14amHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 4402 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. The resolution makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 112-26. All points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived.
07/12/2012-9:14amHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 726. (consideration: CR H4831-4855)
07/11/2012-4:07pmHouseRule H. Res. 726 passed House.
07/10/2012-4:45pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 726 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4402 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. The resolution makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 112-26. All points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived.
07/09/2012HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 423.
07/09/2012HouseCommittee on Judiciary discharged.
07/09/2012HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 112-583, Part I.
05/16/2012HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 24 - 12.
05/16/2012HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
05/16/2012HouseSubcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Discharged.
04/26/2012HouseSubcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
04/19/2012HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
04/19/2012HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
04/19/2012HouseReferred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
04/19/2012HouseReferred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
04/19/2012HouseIntroduced in House

Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Natural Resources04/19/2012 Referred to
05/16/2012 Markup by
07/09/2012 Reported by H. Rept. 112-583
House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources04/19/2012 Referred to
04/26/2012 Hearings by
05/16/2012 Discharged from
House Judiciary04/19/2012 Referred to
07/09/2012 Discharged from
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law04/19/2012 Referred to
Senate Energy and Natural Resources07/16/2012 Referred to

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Passed House amended (07/12/2012)

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 - Title I: Development of Domestic Sources Of Strategic and Critical Minerals - (Sec. 101) Deems a domestic mine that will provide strategic and critical minerals to be an "infrastructure project" as described in Presidential Order "Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects" dated March 22, 2012.

(Sec. 102) Sets forth the responsibilities of the lead agency (federal, state, local, tribal, or Alaska Native Corporation) with responsibility for issuing a mineral exploration or mine permit with respect to project coordination, agency consultation, project proponents, contractors, and the status and scope of any environmental impact statement.

Requires the lead agency to determine that any such action would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment within the meaning of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) if the procedural and substantive safeguards of the lead agency's permitting process alone, any applicable state permitting process alone, or a combination of the two processes together provide an adequate mechanism to ensure that environmental factors are taken into account.

Requires the lead agency's project lead, at a project proponent's request, to enter into an agreement with the project proponent and other cooperating agencies that sets time limits for each part of the permit review process.

Applies this Act to a mineral exploration or mine permit for which an application was submitted before enactment of this Act if the applicant so requests in writing. Requires the lead agency to begin implementing this Act with respect to such application within 30 days after receiving such a request.

Requires the lead agency, with respect to strategic and critical materials within a federally administered unit of the National Forest System, to: (1) exempt from federal regulations governing Special Areas all areas of identified mineral resources in Land Use Designations (other than Non-Development Land Use Designations); (2) apply such exemption to all additional routes and areas that the agency finds necessary to facilitate the construction, operation, maintenance, and restoration of the areas of the identified mineral resources; and (3) continue to apply such exemptions after approval of the Minerals Plan of Operations for the unit.

(Sec. 103) Declares the priority of the lead agency is to maximize mineral resource development while mitigating environmental impacts, so that more of the mineral resource can be brought to the market place.

(Sec. 104) Prescribes the Federal Register notice process for mineral exploration and mining projects.

Title II: Judicial Review Of Agency Actions Relating To Exploration And Mine Permits - (Sec. 202) Bars a civil action claiming legal wrong caused by an agency action unless it is filed by the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of the final federal agency action to which it relates.

(Sec. 203) Requires the court to hear and determine any covered civil action as expeditiously as possible.

(Sec. 204) Prohibits the court, in a covered civil action, from granting or approving prospective relief unless it finds that such relief is narrowly drawn, extends no further than necessary to correct the violation of a legal requirement, and is the least intrusive means necessary to correct such violation.

(Sec. 205) Declares inapplicable to such a civil action specified requirements of the Equal Access to Justice Act relating to award of costs and fees to a prevailing plaintiff.

Prohibits payment from the federal government for court costs of a party in such a civil action, including attorneys' fees and expenses.