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Scrap industry helped stop metal theft amendment: ISRI

Keywords: Tags  ISRI, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Amy Klobuchar, metal theft, Bhavna Patel

NEW YORK — The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has credited pressure from the scrap industry for Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s decision to withdraw her metal theft amendment to a manufacturing bill.

"You rose to the occasion, making many contacts. As a result, Sen. Klobuchar was forced to withdraw her amendment," ISRI said in a letter to members.

The proposed amendment was similar to legislation Klobuchar (D., Minn.) introduced in 2009 that would have forced businesses to extensively document scrap purchases or face penalties (, Feb. 17, 2009). ISRI argued that the bill would create more confusion rather than address the actual metal theft problem.

"The amendment ... would create a federal overlay of laws and regulations on the scrap industry interfering with well-established state policies that specifically address metal theft," the Washington-based association said in a statement (, April 9).

ISRI said lawmakers should focus on enforcing existing metal theft laws at the state level.

ISRI said that Klobuchar had vowed to try to attach her amendment to the manufacturing bill when it reaches the Senate floor.

Klobuchar’s office could not be reached for comment April 11.

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