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Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015

Short Titles as Reported to House

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015

Short Titles as Introduced

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015

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 Actions Overview
10/22/2015Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 254 - 177 (Roll no. 565).
09/08/2015Committee on the Judiciary discharged.
09/08/2015Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 114-253, Part I.
04/22/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (55)

Date Chamber All Actions
10/26/2015SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
10/22/2015-4:43pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10/22/2015-4:43pmHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 254 - 177 (Roll no. 565).
10/22/2015-4:37pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 184 - 246 (Roll no. 564).
10/22/2015-4:30pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H7123)
10/22/2015-4:24pmHouseFloor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Peters 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 to prohibit or limit the agency responsible for issuing a mineral exploration or mine permit from assessing the extent to which the authorized activity contributes to climate change.
10/22/2015-4:24pmHouseMr. Peters moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Natural Resources. (consideration: CR H7122-7124; text: CR H7122)
10/22/2015-4:22pmHouseThe House adopted the amendment as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (text of measure as amended in House: CR H7113-7114)
10/22/2015-4:22pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H7122)
10/22/2015-4:21pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1937.
10/22/2015-4:21pmHouseH.Amdt.728 On agreeing to the Hastings amendment (A005) Failed by recorded vote: 183 - 246 (Roll no. 563).
10/22/2015-4:16pmHouseH.Amdt.726 On agreeing to the Cartwright amendment (A003) Failed by recorded vote: 184 - 245 (Roll no. 562).
10/22/2015-4:11pmHouseH.Amdt.725 On agreeing to the Dingell amendment (A002) Failed by recorded vote: 181 - 248 (Roll no. 561).
10/22/2015-4:07pmHouseH.Amdt.724 On agreeing to the Lowenthal amendment (A001) Failed by recorded vote: 176 - 253 (Roll no. 560).
10/22/2015-3:33pmHouseThe House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
10/22/2015-3:32pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H7119-7124)
10/22/2015-2:57pmHouseCommittee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1937 as unfinished business.
10/22/2015-2:57pmHouseOn motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
10/22/2015-2:56pmHouseMr. Lamborn moved that the committee rise.
10/22/2015-2:56pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Hastings amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes prevailed. Mr. Hastings demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
10/22/2015-2:49pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 481, the Committee of the Whole House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hastings amendment No. 5.
10/22/2015-2:48pmHouseH.Amdt.728 Amendment (A005) offered by Mr. Hastings. (consideration: CR H7118-7119, H7121-7122; text: CR H7118)
10/22/2015-2:48pmHouseH.Amdt.727 On agreeing to the Pearce amendment (A004) Agreed to by voice vote.
10/22/2015-2:41pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 481, the Committee of the Whole House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pearce amendment No. 4.
10/22/2015-2:41pmHouseH.Amdt.727 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Pearce. (consideration: CR H7117-7118; text: CR H7117)
10/22/2015-2:40pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Cartwright amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes prevailed. Mr. Cartwright demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
10/22/2015-2:30pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 481, the Committee of the Whole House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cartwright amendment No. 3.
10/22/2015-2:30pmHouseH.Amdt.726 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Cartwright. (consideration: CR H7116-7117, H7121; text: CR H7116)
10/22/2015-2:29pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Dingell amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes prevailed. Mrs. Dingell demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
10/22/2015-2:21pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 481, the Committee of the Whole House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Dingell amendment No. 2.
10/22/2015-2:20pmHouseH.Amdt.725 Amendment (A002) offered by Mrs. Dingell. (consideration: CR H7115-7116, H7120-7121; text: CR H7115)
10/22/2015-2:20pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lowenthal amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes prevailed. Mr. Lowenthal demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
10/22/2015-2:11pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 481, the Committee of the Whole House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lowenthal amendment No. 1.
10/22/2015-2:11pmHouseH.Amdt.724 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Lowenthal. (consideration: CR H7114-7115, H7120; text: CR H7114)
10/22/2015-1:24pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1937.
10/22/2015-1:24pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Kenny Marchant to act as Chairman of the Committee.
10/22/2015-1:24pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 481 and Rule XVIII.
10/22/2015-1:23pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 1937 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.
10/22/2015-1:23pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 481. (consideration: CR H7107-7119)
10/21/2015-2:46pmHouseRule H. Res. 481 passed House.
10/20/2015-7:29pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 481 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1937 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.
09/08/2015HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 192.
09/08/2015HouseCommittee on the Judiciary discharged.
09/08/2015HouseReported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 114-253, Part I.
07/09/2015HouseSubcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Discharged.
07/09/2015HouseOrdered to be Reported by the Yeas and Nays: 23 - 14.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
07/09/2015HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
07/08/2015HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
06/25/2015HouseSubcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
05/19/2015HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
05/15/2015HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
04/22/2015HouseReferred 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.
04/22/2015HouseReferred 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.
04/22/2015HouseReferred 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.
04/22/2015HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (48)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Zinke, Ryan K. [R-MT-At Large]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [R-TN-3]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Heck, Joseph J. [R-NV-3]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Lummis, Cynthia M. [R-WY-At Large]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Diaz-Balart, Mario [R-FL-25]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Labrador, Raul R. [R-ID-1]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Hardy, Cresent [R-NV-4]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Graves, Tom [R-GA-14]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3]* 04/22/2015
Rep. McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Benishek, Dan [R-MI-1]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5]* 04/22/2015
Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]* 04/22/2015
Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]* 04/22/2015
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] 04/23/2015
Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24] 04/23/2015
Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] 04/23/2015
Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] 04/23/2015
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5] 04/27/2015
Rep. Rogers, Harold [R-KY-5] 04/30/2015
Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] 04/30/2015
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] 06/23/2015
Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] 06/24/2015
Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12] 06/25/2015
Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] 07/27/2015

Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Natural Resources04/22/2015 Referred to
07/09/2015 Markup by
09/08/2015 Reported by H. Rept. 114-253
House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources05/19/2015 Referred to
06/25/2015 Hearings by
07/09/2015 Discharged from
House Judiciary04/22/2015 Referred to
09/08/2015 Discharged from
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law05/15/2015 Referred to
Senate Energy and Natural Resources10/26/2015 Referred to

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Passed House amended (10/22/2015)

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015

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, and contractors.

Deems the requirements of National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to have been satisfied if the lead agency determines that any state or federal agency acting pursuant to state or federal statutory or procedural authorities, has or will address specified factors.

Requires the lead agency, if it cannot make such a determination, and at a project proponent's request, together with cooperating and other agencies involved in the permitting process to enter into an agreement with the project proponent that sets time limits for each part of the permitting process.

Applies this Act to any 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 minerals 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, in evaluating and issuing any mineral exploration or mine permit, 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. Requires each notice to undergo any required reviews within the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture and to be published in its final form in the Federal Register at least 30 days after its initial preparation, absent any extraordinary circumstance or except as otherwise required by any Act of Congress.

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 affecting a mineral exploration or mine permit unless such claim is filed no later than 60 days after the date of the final federal agency action to which it relates.

(Sec. 203) Authorizes the holder of a mineral exploration or mine permit to intervene as of right in any such civil action by a person affecting rights or obligations of the permit holder under the permit.

(Sec. 204) Requires the court to hear and determine any such civil action as expeditiously as possible.

(Sec. 205) Prohibits the court 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. 206) 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.

TITLE III--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

(Sec. 301) Declares this Act inapplicable to any mineral described in Secretarial Order No. 3324, issued by the Department of the Interior on December 3, 2012, in any area to which the order applies.