TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes H.R. 1884, the “Save Oak Flat Act,” which would repeal the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act. This bipartisan legislation was originally signed into law by President Obama in 2014. Members who do not cosponsor this legislation will receive credit for the Leadership component of the Chamber’s “How They Voted” rating.¹
H.R. 1884 would reverse more than a decade of planning, negotiation, and environmental reviews undertaken to facilitate development of the Resolution Copper mine in Southeastern Arizona. Once operational, this project is expected to supply up to 25% of America’s copper demand, employing 3,700 workers and generating more than $1 billion in annual economic benefit. Moreover, the project is forecasted to generate up to $113 million in state and local tax revenue annually, providing much-needed financial resources for Arizona’s communities.