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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 527 and S. 793

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, the President signed into law:

H.R. 527, the "Helium Stewardship Act of 2013," which authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to continue to sell crude helium from the Federal Helium Reserve for a specified timeframe; extends payments to certain counties under the Secure Rural Schools program; increases the cap on payments to States that have completed all of their high-priority coal mine reclamation projects; provides $50 million for remediation and reclamation of abandoned oil and gas wells within the National Petroleum Reserve; provides $50 million to the National Park Service for maintenance and infrastructure projects within national parks; and requires the Bureau of Land Management to reduce the royalty on the value of soda ash and certain related minerals produced on Federal lands to 4 percent for a two-year period; and

S. 793, the "Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013," which promotes reform of the Organization of American States.