As an Arizona resident for over 40 years, and a former supervisor in the mining industry, I have seen firsthand the importance that mining plays in our state. Many of our towns are reliant on hard rock mining as a way to sustain a stable local economy. So when I saw that Congress introduced a mining policy bill, I felt I needed to write my Congressman to support it, and I urge everyone else to do the same. Like it or not, many of the products we use every day (like computers and light bulbs) are from foreign mineral sources. H.R. 2011 eases our dependence on those foreign minerals and ensures jobs in the mining industry for decades to come. We simply cannot forget that our state was built on the mining industry. We must not abandon it now.