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President Signs Helium Act into Law

President Signs Helium Act into Law

Last evening (Oct. 2), President Obama signed into law the Helium Stewardship Act, which will keep the Federal Helium Reserve operating and selling crude helium to private industry beyond Oct. 7. As reported in this blog and in NEMA and MITA releases, the House and Senate passed the bill unanimously last week. Now commodity and supply managers for many companies in the medical imaging, lighting, welding, and semiconductor industries can breathe a bit easier and get a few more minutes of sleep at Read more [...]
Keeping the Ball in the Air

Keeping the Ball in the Air

Last evening (Sept. 25) the House passed 397-0 an amended version of legislation to keep the Federal Helium Reserve (FHR) operating beyond Oct. 7 and to reform the way in which the Department of the Interior sells crude helium stored in the Reserve to the private sector. The House took a bill that passed the Senate last week by a 97-2 vote, moved some of the numbers around to bring it into compliance with the House-passed FY2014 Budget Resolution, and moved up by one year the sale of the Read more [...]
Action Needed Now on Helium

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 Read more [...]
Bipartisan Approach to Helium Legislation

Bipartisan Approach to Helium Legislation

Third NEMA/Capitol Hill Word of the Week: helium. (The first two Words of the Week must be either 1) Shaheen and 2) Portman or 1) energy and 2) efficiency.)  Yesterday, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to modernize and reform federal policy to better secure supplies of helium for U.S. industry and government uses. Under current law, the Federal Helium Reserve will cease operations this fall, removing a significant Read more [...]