During Interior Secretary Haaland’s Testimony to Natural Resources Committee, Stauber Demands to Know Why Biden Broke Promise to America’s Miners

June 23, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during a House Natural Resources Committee Hearing, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) questioned Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on this Administration’s misguided stance on domestic critical mineral mining and demanded to know why President Biden broke his campaign promise to America’s miners.

Last fall, then-candidate Joe Biden told miners that he would support domestic production of critical minerals necessary for the production of electric vehicles and other modern technologies.

Then, last month, we learned that President Biden reversed his stance on this issue and has decided to import these resources from foreign countries as part of a strategy to placate his radical anti-jobs, anti-mining activist supporters in the Democrat party.

During his line of questioning, Congressman Stauber asked Secretary Haaland why this Administration no longer plans to use domestic miners. Secretary Haaland refused to answer Stauber’s question directly.


Watch the full exchange HERE.

Following the hearing, Congressman Stauber stated, “Here in the United States, we are blessed with an abundance of natural resources, in addition to a skilled workforce that stands ready to bring these resources to hungry markets. I know that Minnesota’s miners are up to the task, which is why it is so unacceptable for President Biden to break his promise and import minerals sourced by foreign workers. There is never any reason to put the American worker last, and I think the fact that Secretary Haaland was unable to answer my question speaks volumes about Joe Biden's priorities.”