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NMA’s Quinn responds to SOTU address

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The Barack Administration’s desire to lift working families into the middle class, create better jobs and attract industry back to the US will not be helped by policies that “continue to raise household utility bills and wrap key industries in red tape,” said Hal Quinn, President and CEO of the National Mining Association, in response to this year’s State of the Union address.

Quinn highlighted proposed regulation of the power market and an “outdated and inefficient” system of mine permitting as two areas that are holding the US economy back.

“American industries seeking competitive economic conditions in their own country won’t find them in policies that make our electric grid less reliable and more costly,” Quinn explained. “The 21st century infrastructure our nation needs will not be delivered through a system that requires mining companies to wait almost a decade for federal permits to produce the metals and minerals essential for every sector of our economy.”

Quinn concluded: “To build a legacy that helps America succeed, let’s set our sights higher with balanced policies that assure our industries can compete successfully – policies that fully deploy all of our energy sources and supply our industries with domestic minerals and materials they need.”

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