ICYMI: Stauber Fights for Minnesota During T&I Markup, Successfully Amends Partisan Surface Transportation Legislation

June 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, during a full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup on Chairman DeFazio’s partisan surface transportation legislation, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) led several commonsense amendments to reduce duplicative regulations, combat child labor, and secure America’s supply chain. Despite the partisan nature of this markup, Stauber’s amendment requiring that green technology funded by the bill not be built with critical minerals sourced by child labor, passed with bipartisan support.

Of this partisan legislation, Congressman Stauber stated, “Last week, Pelosi’s allies on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee pushed through a partisan package that has more to do with the Green New Deal than repairing our highways, roads, and bridges. As we work our way back towards economic recovery, rebuilding our infrastructure is more important than ever, which is why I authored five amendments to this partisan legislation to help unleash the economic engine and preserve our way of life.”

During the Committee markup, Congressman Stauber introduced five amendments:

  • An amendment to allow projects to continue while working through NEPA issues.
  • An amendment to eliminate a duplicative Army Corps of Engineers approval if the state standards are higher.
  • An amendment to require copper, nickel, cobalt, platinum group elements, rare earth elements, and other minerals needed for renewable energy technology, national security, and everyday life be sourced from within the United States.
  • An amendment encouraging Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) to preserve taxpayer dollars. This amendment was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • An amendment to require the Secretary of Commerce to certify that no electric vehicle charging stations, electric buses, or other emissions-reduction technology are built with minerals sourced from child labor. This amendment was adopted with a vote of 43-19.

Of his amendment’s passage, Congressman Stauber stated, “Green technology is often reliant on supply chains originating with children working in horrible conditions. Rather than relying on these supply chains, we should fulfill our mineral needs here in America under the strongest labor and environmental standards in the world. I know miners in northeast Minnesota are ready to produce the critical minerals to meet our everyday needs, so I was glad to see this amendment receive bipartisan support.”