House Sets Up Vote On Strategic Mineral Mining Bill

Law360, New York (July 11, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday waved forward legislation that would expedite permitting for rare earth mineral mines in an effort to streamline a drawn-out process that Republican lawmakers and industry experts claim is holding back American mining projects.

Wednesday's 245-180 mostly party-line vote to consider H.R. 4402, dubbed the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012, paves the way for the bill to come before the Republican-controlled House for a debate and vote, likely on Thursday, when it is expected to be...
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