H.Res. 292: H.R. 761 - National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 9-4 on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
FLOOR ACTION: There has been no Floor action to date.  

MANAGERS: Hastings/Bishop

113th Congress
1st Session

Rule

H.RES. 292

Report No. 113-147

 

 

H.R. 761 - National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013

  1. Structured rule.
  1. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Natural Resources.
  1. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.
  1. Makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-17 and provides that it shall be considered as read.
  1. Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  1. Makes in order only those further 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.
  1. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.
  1. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

 

RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 761) 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. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Natural Resources. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. In lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-17. That amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. All points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. No amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. 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 in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Sponsor

#

Description

Debate Time

1. Lowenthal (CA)

#8

Clarifies the definition of "Strategic and Critical Minerals" to only include the minerals identified by the National Research Council (NRC) as strategic and critical minerals, and any additional minerals added by the Secretary that meet the NRC's criteria. Also clarifies the definition of "Mineral Exploration or Mine Permit" to mean mineral exploration or mine permit for strategic and critical minerals.

(10 minutes)

2. Grayson (FL)

#5

Clarifies that mineral exploration and mine permits referenced in H.R. 761 only cover strategic and critical minerals.

(10 minutes)

3. Jackson Lee (TX)

#2

Directs that the lead agency with responsibility for issuing a mineral exploration or mine permit coordinate and consult with each State that may be impacted by issuance of the permit.

(10 minutes)

4.Connolly (VA)

#10

Recognizes that mineral exploration and mining can have major environmental impacts and requires such projects be subjected to an Environmental Impact Statement review prior to approval. Removes the arbitrary limit on the time frame for such reviews.

(10 minutes)

5. Jackson Lee (TX)

#1

Establishes that no deadline for agency action under "Section 104 Federal Register Process for Mineral Exploration and Mining" shall apply to the agency in a fiscal year if the amount of appropriations available to the agency for such action for the fiscal year is less than then amount of appropriations available to the agency for such action for the preceding fiscal year.

(10 minutes)

6. Jackson Lee (TX)

#3

Allows access to funds provided by taxpayers to other taxpayers when mounting a challenge to a decision by the Federal government agency with authority under this Act.

(10 minutes)