Stauber Fights for His Constituents by Opposing Anti-Jobs Legislation During Natural Resources Committee Markup

September 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during Congressman Pete Stauber’s (MN-08) first markup as a Member of the Natural Resources Committee, he strongly opposed H.R. 5598, a bill authored by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04), that would kill high-wage mining jobs in his district. As the newest Member of the Committee, Stauber will continue his commitment to advancing job creation and strengthening national security through the responsible development of Minnesota’s abundant natural resources, which is why he introduced three amendments during this markup that would eliminate the harmful provisions of Congresswoman McCollum’s legislation.

Of H.R. 5598, Congressman Stauber stated, “In northern Minnesota, we are blessed with rich deposits of critical and strategic minerals that provide the opportunity to create high-wage jobs, unleash economic prosperity in the region, and reduce dependence on unreliable nations with horrific labor standards. Unfortunately, my colleague, Congresswoman McCollum continues to push forward this job-killing legislation that would place a moratorium on mining before specific projects can even go through a fair and science-based permitting process.

Congressman Stauber followed, stating, “In doing so, my colleague has made it clear that she would prefer to rely on resources originating with child labor, rather than Minnesota’s workers and union members who will do this necessary job under the strongest labor and environmental standards in the world. I will not stand idly by as Congresswoman McCollum, backed by Twin Cities and Hollywood elites, continues these dangerous attacks on my constituents’ livelihoods and our overall way of life. That’s why I introduced several amendments to eliminate the most harmful provisions of her legislation during today’s markup.”

During debate on H.R. 5598, Congressman Stauber introduced the following amendments:

  • An amendment that disallows the mining ban from taking place if potential cobalt supplies will come from countries that use forced child labor.
  • An amendment that ensures the mining ban would not adversely impact revenues generated from state school trust lands.
  • An amendment to ensure the mining ban would not take effect while there is nonferrous mining on the Canadian side of the Rainy River Watershed.

BACKGROUND:

In January of 2020, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, who represents the St. Paul area, introduced H.R. 5598, legislation that would place a mining moratorium on 234,000 acres of mineral-rich land in northeast Minnesota.

Back in February, Congressman Stauber was invited to participate as a guest in a House Natural Resources hearing on H.R. 5598, in which he challenged this job-killing legislation. Learn more, HERE.

Recently, Congressman Stauber was chosen by his peers to serve as an official Member of the House Natural Resources Committee thanks to his leadership on natural resources issues.

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