H. Rept. 115-256 1 (2017-07-25)

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                     115TH CONGRESS                                            REPORT
                         1st Session    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES               115-256







                                 MINING SCHOOLS ENHANCEMENT ACT



                       JULY 25, 2017.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of
                                         the Union and ordered to be printed



                       Mr. BISHOP of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources,
                                            submitted the following


                                               REPORT

                                               [To accompany H.R. 2053]

                                [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

                       The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the
                     bill (H.R. 2053) to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclama-
                     tion Act of 1977 to enhance and support mining and mineral engi-
                     neering programs in the United States by funding activities at min-
                     ing schools, and for other purposes, having considered the same, re-
                     port favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend that
                     the bill as amended do pass.
                       The amendment is as follows:
                       Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following:
                     SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
                       This Act may be cited as the Mining Schools Enhancement Act.
                     SEC. 2. SUPPORT FOR MINING SCHOOLS.
                       Section 721 of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C.
                     1309b) is amended-
                           (1) by striking The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
                         and inserting the following:
                       (a) IN GENERAL.-Subject to subsection (b), the Office of Surface Mining Reclama-
                     tion and Enforcement; and
                           (2) by adding at the end the following:
                       (b) MINING PROGRAM SUPPORT.-
                           (1) Of the amounts made available under subsection (d) for activities author-
                         ized under this section, the Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation
                         and Enforcement shall ensure that at least 70 percent is expended to enhance
                         and support mining and mineral engineering programs in the United States by
                         funding activities at mining schools.
                           (2) In expending funds under this section, the Director shall consult with rel-
                         evant stakeholders and ensure a significant opportunity for participation by un-
                         dergraduate and graduate students at mining schools.
                           (3) The Director shall ensure that the activities conducted under this section
                         relate to resource development and production, and include-
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