National Mining Association (NMA) president and CEO Hal Quinn issued this statement applauding President Trump’s speech last night to a joint session of Congress:
“America’s miners applaud the president for his steadfast support for policies that stimulate economic opportunity, job creation and robust economic growth. Voters have stated a clear preference for actions that will get the country moving again and the president has heard them.
“We share his belief that ‘a renewal of American spirit’ will not be created for millions of underemployed and unemployed Americans so long as federal agencies constrain opportunity with needless regulations. Regulations will not make Americans prosperous nor will they make America great.
“The mining industry welcomes the opportunity he offers to provide the minerals and metals essential for infrastructure improvements and the coal and uranium needed to power the growing economy Americans deserve.”
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) was confirmed to be the nation’s next Secretary of the Interior:
“Our congratulations go to Secretary Zinke on his confirmation as Secretary of the Interior.
“His understanding of the mining industry, and the importance of natural resources like coal and minerals to our nation, will be invaluable in managing our federal lands with thoughtful attention given to both environmental considerations and economic realities.
“Smart policies that support both American lands and businesses can be a reality, and we look forward to working with Secretary Zinke to this end.”
President Trump’s signature of an executive order beginning the process of unwinding the Obama administration’s controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The WOTUS rule expands federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction beyond the limits imposed by Congress and the Supreme Court, and exposes energy and mineral development to additional permitting delays, threatening economic development and putting high-wage jobs at risk:
“It is encouraging to see the administration prioritize actions that balance the importance of environmental protections with both states’ authority and the regulatory certainty that is required to support a thriving economy.
“Rather than provide meaningful clarity concerning the jurisdiction of our nation’s waterways, the WOTUS rule follows a regulatory playbook that became all too familiar over the last eight years: unchecked federal authority that results in unnecessary hurdles for U.S. businesses. Ignoring the careful balance that Congress struck between federal and state water regulation, the WOTUS rule expands the federal government’s reach to virtually any standing body of water — from roadside drainage ditches to farm ponds to local green infrastructure.
“We look forward to working with the Trump administration to support a process that produces clarity and respects the boundaries between state and federal responsibilities.”