2015 Scorecard Vote
Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV) sponsored H.R. 1937, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015, which would effectively eliminate public review of hardrock mining activities on federally-managed public lands. The hardrock mining industry already enjoys free access to hardrock minerals on public lands and a lax regulatory framework under the woefully outdated 1872 Mining Law. H.R. 1937 would limit review of hardrock mining under the National Environmental Policy Act by shortening the time for public input and allowing the use of questionable and outdated data. It would also disenfranchise mining communities by limiting their capacity to hold mining companies accountable in the courts, thus jeopardizing their ability to protect their land, water, and health. On October 22, the House approved H.R. 1937 by a vote of 254-177 (House roll call vote 565). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.