Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WATCH: Land Swap For New Arizona Copper Mine Being Considered By U.S. House Committee Noon Today

A federal land swap that would permit a new $6 Billion underground copper mine near Superior (Arizona) is on the House Rules Committee agenda today, along with several amendments.  The meeting will be broadcast live, partly because the Committee is also now set to consider the Continuing Resolution (to keep government activities funded).

(Here is the link to watch the hearing live, or click on picture of Grijalva - with Gosar in background)

The land exchange bill has been a prime reason why co-sponsors Paul Gosar (R-CD4) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) have been described as "Arizona's Congressional Odd Couple".  See the companion article for their joint C-Span interview from today.

At least five amendments were submitted to the land exchange bill by this morning's deadline - including two by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-CD3) to "guarantee" that jobs created by the new mine will benefit the local community, and to require an environmental analysis on the mining operation before the exchange is concluded.

Here's the text of the proposed legislation (also, below).  It is slated to be considered by the entire House this coming Friday.

(Also on the Rules Committee agenda today is the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, of which Gosar is a co-sponsor.)

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