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WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Interior reinstated two mineral leases in Minnesota:

“Building on the passage of my MINER Act, today's action is another step to full restoration of our state's right to explore and advance responsible mining. As we continue to correct the politically motivated missteps of the Obama administration, I remain committed to bringing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars back to Minnesota and putting our local communities on a path of economic prosperity for years to come.”

Last November the House passed Congressman Emmer's Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act (MINER)  to help restore mineral rights to Minnesota by reversing last-minute actions of the Obama administration and allow exploration of one of the most valuable precious metal deposits in the world to move forward. Read more about Emmer's MINER Act here.