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Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. ESTY. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of this amendment to H.R. 527, the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act. I would like to thank Representative Dent and Representative Higgins for working together on this bipartisan amendment.

Our amendment is rather straightforward. It is about fairness and honoring contracts. At a time in our Nation's history when we are examining public-private partnerships to rebuild our infrastructure and create jobs, what kind of signal would we be sending to the private sector? What kind of certainty are we providing to the private sector that even if you have a valid contract that expires in 2015, the Federal Government will throw it out and change the rules?

We can pass a bill to prevent a global helium shortage by allowing the remainder of the helium from the reserve to be sold, but we should not ignore the contracts that BLM has already signed. I urge a ``yes'' vote on this bipartisan amendment.


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