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City lobbying garners congressional support for Cemex bill

Posted: May 29, 2008 12:34 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2008 5:04 a.m.

City officials helped U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon gain support of his proposed Cemex legislation during a visit to Washington, D.C. last week.

Mayor Bob Kellar, City Manager Ken Pulskamp and Intergovernmental Relations Officer Mike Murphy traveled to the nation's capital to gain support from members of the California Congressional Delegation. The staff held more than 20 meetings over a three-day period.

"A lot of members indicated they are interested in being a co-sponsor," Murphy said. "We so far are receiving favorable signals regarding the bill and we hope that things will remain in that vein."

McKeon introduced H.R. 5887 in April. The long-awaited agreement would cancel contracts for Cemex, Inc. to mine in Soledad Canyon and provide the company with land in Victorville equivalent to the value of the contracts. Cemex would then sell the land for non-mining purposes.

City officials plan to return to Washington in mid-June to follow up with the remaining members of the delegation and meet with members of the House Committee on Natural Resources, the first committee that will hear the bill. Officials expect the committee to hear the bill later this summer.


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