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Rare Earth Elements in National Defense

  • S.

    1197, NDAA for FY2014

  • S.

    1197 was introduced on June 20, 2013, referred to the Armed Services Committee. The bill

was considered for Senate floor action on December 9, 2013.

  • S.

    1600, Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013

  • S.

    1600, the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013, was introduced on October 29, 2013, and

referred to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The bill would require the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Energy to amend current policies, including “facilitate the reestablishment of domestic, critical mineral designation, assessment, production, manufacturing, recycling, analysis, forecasting, workforce, education, research, and international capabilities in the United States.”5

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

H.R. 761, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 was introduced on February 15, 2013, and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources on July 8, 2013, (H.Rept. 113-138). The bill passed in a recorded vote, 246-178, and was referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on December 19, 2013. The bill would require both the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and materials of strategic and critical importance to U.S. economic and national security, and manufacturing competitiveness. 6

  • H.

    R. 981, RARE Act of 2013

  • H.

    R. 981, the RARE Act of 2013, was introduced on March 6, 2013, referred to the

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on March 7, 2013, and ordered to be reported by Unanimous Consent on May 15, 2013. The bill would require the Secretary of Interior to conduct an assessment of current global rare earth element resources and the potential future global supply.

H.R. 1063, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013

H.R. 1063, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013, was introduced on March 12, 2013, referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on March 15, 2013, and ordered to be reported by Unanimous Consent on May 15, 2013. The bill would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an assessment of the current and future demands for the

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S. 1600, the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013.

6 H.R. 4402, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 was introduced on July 16, 2012, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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