Amodei Wants It…


Below are the comments Congressman Amodei made yesterday in the Reno Gazette Journal. To read the fully story or see the original post, click here.


AMODEI ALSO WANTS IT known that if the Yerington land transfer bill doesn’t pass this Congress by the end of the year, blame Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and the rest of the uppity people in the Upper House on the north side of Congress.

The land bill is clearly the largest piece of Nevada economic development legislation before this Congress. It would help re-start the copper mining industry in Lyon County, which is still suffering from the lingering recession.

Amodei predicted the bill will be approved by the full House soon, probably on the first day Congress goes back to work in September.

Then, it’s up to “Dean and Harry,” said Amodei, who represents Nevada’s 2nd House District.

Amodei says he will call for a roll call vote on the measure in the U.S. House when Congress goes back to work, “so when it goes over to the Senate, it will have passed without opposition.

He hopes unanimous support of the bill from the House will send a strong message to the Senate but he is not sure: “Not that it will change anybody over there, because, come on, it is a House bill. But there you go. We can’t send it over any stronger than that.

“So you will have it by September, Dean and Harry.”

If the bill passes the House in September as Amodei predicts, it will mark the second time the U.S. House has passed the Yerington land bill. And this time, it will include the Wovoka Wilderness provisions insisted upon by Reid.

“So if it doesn’t get passed in the last four months before the end of the year, I will end with this: My conscience will be clear in terms of making it a priority, pursuing it and making it happen twice,” Amodei said referring to two House approvals of the bill.

“And if they can’t get it out of the Senate in this form, please feel free to inquire to the people on the north side of the building (the U.S. Senate) as to what the problem was,” Amodei said.

Congressman Amodei Updates Fernley GOP Women on Northern Nevada Lands Package

Speaking earlier this week before the Fernley Republican Women’s Committee, Congressman Mark Amodei focused on the Northern Nevada Lands Bill, HR 5205.

He was very optimistic of House Passage on September 8, 2014. He also urged members in attendance to make their voices heard at the Senate level.

Thank you Congressman Mark Amodei for all of your hard work!

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Seven Nevada communities affected by the bill. Let’s get it passed.

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There are now seven northern Nevada land actions included in The Northern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act in U.S. House, H.R. 5205. Thanks to the efforts of Congressmen Amodei and Horsford, controversial provisions in this bill were resolved at the end of July and bipartisan support has been obtained in the House.  All are included in companion Senate bills that have passed out of Committee.

Each of our seven Nevada communities, Elko, Carlin, Winnemucca & Humboldt County, Fallon, Storey County, Fernley, Yerington and Lyon County, will benefit by acquiring land for community development and resolve year’s long debates on wilderness designation.  Both the Pine Forest (Humboldt County) and Wovoka Wilderness (Lyon County) were developed with substantial local input, and incorporate protections for existing grazing and other public land uses.  They both have broad-based, local support.

The bill(s) will also jumpstart Nevada Copper’s Pumpkin Hollow Project, a 1 billion dollar copper mine near Yerington, Nevada.  The bill would transfer lands to the City of Yerington, but will not cost the taxpayers. The construction and operation of this mine will result in thousands of high paying jobs and millions in tax revenues to the state of Nevada, Lyon County and the City of Yerington.  This bill is especially important to the City, as it will not receive a share of tax revenues if the land is not transferred and annexed into the City.

The challenge is that, even though the provisions in this bill(s) are supported by the entire Nevada Congressional delegation, they need to be scheduled for action in a Congress where we are competing with THOUSANDS of other bills for floor time.  It is GRIDLOCK!

This bill needs support from Nevadans!  Absent an overwhelming message from Nevadans, the bills may be at risk of not passing once again.

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Editorial: It’s time to approve Lyon County lands bill

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The article below was originally written and posted by RGJ.  It is the Opinion of the RGJ’s Editorial Board. 9:10 p.m. PDT August 13, 2014

When they move at all, the wheels of Congress move very slowly.

In January, it seemed likely that the long-awaited Lyon County lands bill would win quick approval in the House of Representatives and move on to the Senate for final approval before the end of the year.

As part of a consolidated Nevada lands bill, the Lyon County bill, which would free up federal land for economic development in Yerington, was OK’d by the House Natural Resources Committee in late-January. It’s also been approved by a Senate committee. That’s led to optimism that the bill was finally on its way.

This week, U.S. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who first introduced the bill in the House when he was the Northern Nevada representative, was still optimistic, predicting that it would be on the president’s desk early in 2015.

Yet, seven months later, there’s not much time left. If it’s not approved by the end of the year, supporters of the bill will have to start all over with the new Congress in January. Both houses are in recess right now, and the members will be taking off again for the election break shortly after they return to Washington, D.C. With so little accomplished for the rest of the year, it’s not likely that anything of significance will be finished during the lame-duck session after the election.

So it’ll take hard work and some smart political maneuvering by the Nevada delegation to make this important bill a reality. But the outlook is getting dimmer.

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What makes the slow pace of action on the lands bill so frustrating is that it has the support of the entire Nevada congressional delegation — House and Senate, Republicans and Democrats — and most local officials.

That was the result of hard-won compromises by both sides of the issues. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., originally slowed the progress of the bill until he could win an agreement on the creation of the 48,000-acre Wovoka Wilderness Area. Another 26,000 acres in northwest Nevada’s Pine Forest Range also will be designated as a protected wilderness in the consolidated bill.

In return, Lyon County will receive about 12,500 acres of federal land that will be developed by a partnership of Yerington and Nevada Copper that is expected to create 800 mining jobs and 500 construction jobs. Those jobs are of great importance to residents of Lyon County, which was hit particularly hard ty the Great Recession and has suffered some of the worst unemployment in the state with the worst unemployment in the nation.

Given all the talk among politicians of the need to create jobs, this should be an easy call for Congress.

Nothing is easy in the nation’s capital these days, however, and the Yerington bill too easily could get caught up in the political antics that have marked so much of this session. At the House committee hearing in January, for instance, Republicans tried to use the bill to put limits on the expansion of wilderness areas. And members of Congress from back east have little concept of the constraints that Nevada faces when it tries to improve its own economy.

The bill has overcome all of the political objections raised so far. It has won the support of ranchers, sportsmen, environmentalists, outdoors aficionados and others. Now it just needs the support of Congress.

It’s time to approve it.

RGJ Article: Good news in Congress for Lyon County land bills

The Nevada Copper Pumpkin Hollow mine hoist is shown earlier this year. Nevada Copper officials have said passage of the Lyon Economic Development and Conservation legislation would accelerate the mine’s permitting and development, mainly at its proposed Stage 2 open pit mine, by two or three years, with Nevada permits obtained possibly in 2015.
(Photo: Submitted photo )

The article below comes from the Reno Gazette Journal.  It was written by Keith Trout and was published on August 5, 2014.  The original article can be seen here.

After many delays over several years, good news was heard last week for the city of Yerington and Nevada Copper trying to acquire more than 12,000 acres of federal land southeast of Yerington. The House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed the latest version of the lands bill.

Several federal bills have been introduced that would provide for the acquisition at fair market value of the land — most to be used by the city for economic development and recreation purposes — and some Nevada Copper for mining at its Pumpkin Hollow site but with no success. All but the initial version of the bills also called for 44,000 acres of south Lyon County land to be designated as the Wovoka Wilderness.

However last Wednesday, the latest version, H.R. 5205, which compiles seven public lands bills into one, was approved unanimously, with one minor technical amendment, for markup by the House Natural Resources Committee, to be sent to the full House when it reconvenes again in September after the August recess. Title 2 of that bill, the Northern Nevada land Conservation and Economic Development Act, includes the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation act.

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-District 2, who sponsored six of the bills that comprise this overall bill, and Rep. Steve Horsford, D-District 4, who sponsored the Lyon County bill, indicated the compromise agreement was made possible after adjustments to the legislation were made to a version passed in January, resolving some prior objections that didn’t deal with the local bill.

“The bill provides 1,000 jobs to Lyon County,” Horsford said, “something it desperately needs.”

That bill also includes the Fernley Economic Self-Determination Act, which would transfer 9,114 acres of federal land to the City of Fernley at fair market value.

Congressional officials said H.R. 5205 should be brought to the full House as a non-controversial suspension bill when Congress reconvenes starting Sept. 8. It was “reported favorably,” meaning it is recommended for passage by the House.

“I’m very encouraged with it,” said Yerington Mayor George Dini. “It’s a big step forward. I’m hoping they act on it real quick when they’re back from recess. This is a real opportunity to move forward and have it passed.”

Dini began growing a beard last month that he vowed to keep until the bill is passed.

“We are one step closer to finalization,” Yerington city manager Dan Newell said. “It will be great to have the waiting over. Now, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.”

“Hooray,” Lyon County manager Jeff Page said.

“I am very encouraged by these recent developments regarding the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act,” said Lyon County Commission Virgil Arellano of Yerington. “I commend Congressman Amodei’s efforts as well as Congressman Horsford’s involvement in working to push our bill through to passage.”

However, he added, “I also share the frustration of Lyon County citizens regarding the delay in getting this legislation passed.”

Tim Dyhr, vice president, environment and external relations for Nevada Copper, said last Wednesday, “Though the Lyon County bill is categorized as a land bill, it is really one of the most significant economic jobs bills in the 113th Congress. It is a balance, bipartisan bill that has overwhelming local and state support, including that of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.”

Page said this has been a long process but thanked the efforts of Horsford in sponsoring and developing support for the bill and Amodei’s work to achieve a bipartisan solution, and his efforts to pass a similar bill a few years ago.

“The entire Nevada Congressional delegation supported this bill and worked towards moving it forward. Lyon County is optimistic that the bill will be sent to the president for signature before the end of the 113th Congress.”

Horsford, whose district includes Yerington and this property, said Wednesday, “Working to create jobs and strengthen the middle class has been my number one priority in Congress. Today, Democrats and Republicans unanimously moved a legislative package forward that will grow Nevada’s economy.

“This demonstrates that working bipartisan is the way to get things done for Nevada.”

Amodei, whose District 2 includes the north end of Mason Valley and the rest of Lyon County and whose district formerly represented all of Lyon County, said, “These are community-driven lands measures that will create jobs without cost to the federal taxpayer. For the second time in two years, the eyes of Northern Nevada turn to the Senate.”

Sen. Dean Heller commended Amodei “for his hard work in negotiating a compromise between the Nevada House delegation and the Republican and Democrat Natural Resources Committee leadership. In the Nevada delegation, we have a strong tradition of working cooperatively and in a bipartisan manner on public lands bills, and Congressman Amodei’s work should be recognized.”

Heller noted that and Sen. Harry Reid introduced the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act in the Senate, and that legislation passed the Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Sept. 10, 2013.

Heller, as a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, also introduced amendments to Senate bill 2569 that includes counterparts to the Lyon County bill, the Fernley Economic Self-Determination Act and others also included in H.R. 5205.

Arellano concluded, “We still need to push and make our voices heard while Congress is in summer recess. I urge all citizens to visit the social media campaign at The finish line is in sight.”

Nevada Copper has stated passage of the bill would accelerate its mining operations, including the development of the much larger Stage 2 open pit mine at its Pumpkin Hollow project, located on federal land, by two or three years, with receipt of State of Nevada permits in 2015. Other mining property is privately owned.

Nevada Copper said Stage 2 would add more than 950 jobs to the Stage 1 underground mine (450 jobs), creating more than 1,400 direct jobs and thousands of construction and other indirect jobs in Lyon County.

The Pumpkin Hollow project consists of a permitted 6,500 tons-per-day Stage 1 underground copper mine development, now in construction, and a nearby Stage 2 70,000 tons-per-day open pit mine project in advanced permitting phase.

Northern Nevada lands bill gets new lease on life

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A sweeping lands bill for Northern Nevada that had a bleak outlook in Congress just a few months ago suddenly has new life.

Legislation to create up to 71,500 acres of wilderness and set up 23,000 more for economic development passed a key House panel with unanimous consent today.

“It’s not hyperbole to say this is a historic package for lands bills for Northern Nevada,” said Brian Baluta, a spokesperson for Rep. Mark Amodei, a Republican representing Northern Nevada.

The successful committee vote sets up the potential for the bills to pass the House as soon as Congress comes back from its five-week break.

“It really is an example that when we get together in a bipartisan way, we can actually accomplish something,” said Rep. Steven Horsford, a North Las Vegas Democrat who represents part of Lyon County.

The residents in the county, one of the most economically depressed in the state, could benefit from as many as 1,000 jobs from a new copper mine if Congress approves the lands package. In exchange for selling 10,000 acres of federal land to the city of Yerington for the mine, the bill creates wilderness in the Wokova Forest.

But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. The lands packages were held up in the House Natural Resources Committee in January when Republicans, who lead the committee, changed the bills so much that Democrats — especially Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — couldn’t support it.

They altered language that would, in effect, prevent Congress from creating anymore wilderness in the future.

Lands bills have been tricky in the Republican-controlled House, in part because some conservatives oppose the transferring of or creation of federal land.

But Nevada lawmakers were determined to find a compromise. Amodei, Horsford and Nevada’s senators negotiated behind the scenes to find a deal.

Today’s vote in committee was evidence they had found one — but in the unpredictable world that is Congress, no one in Nevada’s delegation is exhaling yet.

“I’m not happy until I see it passed by both chambers and signed by the president,” Horsford said.

Article Source: Las Vegas Sun – Original post here.