News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

Last week, I joined Fox News to discuss mining in Minnesota and the need to reverse the Obama administration’s last minute actions to stop exploration of the largest copper & nickel deposit in the world

In case you missed it, click HERE to watch the full segment.

On his last day in office, President Obama put a stop to two potential leases for mining opportunities in Northern Minnesota, and put in place a study to withdraw 234,000 acres from any future exploration or potential development. 

Translation: A loss of about 17,000 jobs.

Thankfully this administration is in the business of creating jobs, not killing them, and recently announced they are reinstating those two leases. Now, the only thing that stands in the way is a redundant federal review.

Watch my full interview on Fox here.

Additional background:

In November 2016, I introduced H.R. 3905, the Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest (MINER) Act. It passed the House last November and now awaits action in the Senate. 

In accordance with my legislation, the Department of Interior reversed a memorandum by the outgoing Obama administration authorizing discretionary rejections of existing lease renewals. Accordingly, the DOI reinstated leases denied in this manner.

Mining is a way of life for Minnesotans, and has been since the 1800s. These resources and the jobs they produce are a crucial part of our state’s economy. I am committed to preserving this vital industry for Minnesota.


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