Rare earths bill lacks full bipartisan support

Dec 08, 2011 | 12:11 PM |

Tags  rare earths, Congress, brad miller, randy hultgren, derek scissors, heritage foundation

NEW YORK — There is some common ground on the government’s role in establishing a domestic rare earth metals supply chain, but more discussion and compromise is needed before a bipartisan bill can be developed, according to the House subcommittee on energy and environment.

"There was broad agreement among the witnesses and members that securing supplies of rare earths and other critical materials is in the national interest, though some differences remained on what policy mechanisms and government activities should be used to accomplish this," the subcommittee said in a statement following a hearing this week. "While all agreed that the government should play a role in compiling and....

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