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Action Needed Now on Helium

As it debates a NEMA-backed energy bill, the Senate is also poised to vote as early as today on NEMA-supported compromise legislation to extend the life of the Federal Helium Reserve in Texas and provide greater certainty of supply to companies whose businesses rely on access to the noble gas.

As NEMA and a broad coalition of stakeholders explained in a letter to Capitol Hill leaders earlier this week, time is running out for Congress to avoid exacerbating the already serious helium supply challenge for critical manufacturing and services sectors – including semiconductors and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – and those industries’ customers. The coalition letter followed a similar letter sent by NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis to Senate Majoroty Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in late August.

As the solution looks set to come to a head very soon, use NEMA’s Write to Congress tool to urge your Senators and Representative to vote for the helium package. 


Posted 09-12-2013 6:01 PM by Updyke, Craig
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