Sending Office: Honorable Gwen Moore
The Dodd-Frank 1502 Conflict Minerals Provision has had a significant positive impact in Eastern Congo and on improving the transparency of corporate supply chains
As the Ranking Member of the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee, I urge you to vote NO on Huizenga Amendment 207 to the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354). The amendment prohibits funds from being spent to implement or
enforce Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank. Section 1502 is working as intended to reduce the horrific violence in the Great Lakes Region of Africa and increase the transparency of corporate supply chains and is currently being imitated and implemented by China and
the European Union.
Passing this amendment right now would undermine and dismantle years of progress in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo) and the region by permitting U.S. companies to fund the militias committing unspeakable horrors against the people of the Congo. Introducing
any additional uncertainty now, at a time when Congo faces a political and constitutional crisis, could significantly exacerbate violence. The amendment puts America last in moral leadership.
Conflict minerals are linked to the deadliest conflict globally since World War II. The four conflict minerals (gold, along with tin, tantalum, and tungsten, the “3Ts”)
were a robust, lucrative income to armed groups, but today the link between illegal exploitation of natural resources and the violence that has plagued the region for far too long has begun to be been broken by Section
Dodd-Frank 1502, along with related reforms, led to significant improvements in the transparency of corporate supply chains and major reduction in the number of 3T conflict mines in the Congo. Major companies like Intel and Tiffany’s have publically called
to keep this law in place and investors managing almost $5 trillion in assets have also voiced support for the law’s requirements. More than 75 percent of the world’s smelters for the four minerals have now passed conflict-free audits. In 2010 “almost every
mining deposit was controlled by a military group,” according to the UN, as of 2016, over three-quarters (79 percent) of 3T miners surveyed in eastern Congo were working in mines where no armed group involvement has been reported, according to an independent
study. Today, 78 percent of the world’s smelters for the four minerals, the choke points in minerals supply chains, have now passed conflict-free audits, or 253 smelters in total.
The record is clear, 1502 is working.
Congolese communities and leaders support 1502 because they are seeing the improvements in security and rule of law. For example, Justine Masika Bihamba, Coordinator of Synergy of Women for Victims of Sexual Violence, said “10 years ago, we were under de
facto control of armed groups…today, let’s admit we are a long way from that. And if we’re honest, that’s in part because of Dodd-Frank – it came to shine the light on those illicit actors. Today, despite the problems with governance, you can feel more government
control.” I challenge Members of Congress that are thinking about this amendment to consider the testimony of Bishop Nicolas Djomo before the committee when he said “We urge the U.S. business community to account for the gruesome social costs of the illicit
mining as they calculate their costs for compliance with Section 1502. These calculations are not just cost estimates on a spreadsheet. There is a social balance sheet that places value on the lives that can be saved.”
I urge you to support a conflict-free minerals trade and to vote NO on the Huizenga Amendment 207.
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