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H.R. 1731 (115th): RECLAIM Act of 2017

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About the bill

It isn’t just Republicans who support reviving coal mines. Even dozens of Democrats have cosponsored a bill to potentially bring back certain abandoned coal mines.


The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program was created in 1977, using per-ton fees collected from current coal companies to improve environmental and health conditions at coal mines abandoned before 1977.

As of September 2017, the fund’s total balance was $2.4 billion. The top five recipient states in order are Wyoming, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky ...

Sponsor and status

Harold “Hal” Rogers

Sponsor. Representative for Kentucky's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017
Length: 24 pages
Mar 27, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 27, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

RECLAIM Act Gains Ground in U.S. House
    — Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5] (Sponsor) on Jun 27, 2017

Rep. Cartwright Applauds Committee Passage of the RECLAIM Act
    — Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 28, 2017

Ranking Member McEachin Offered Amendments at Natural Resources Committee Markup
    — Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA4] on Jun 27, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates H.R. 1731 will add $1 billion in new spending through 2027.


Mar 27, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Apr 5, 2017
Considered by Energy and Mineral Resources

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jun 22, 2017
Considered by House Committee on Natural Resources

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jun 27, 2017
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Oct 19, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Natural Resources

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

H.R. 1731 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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