Helium Act of 1925

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Helium Act of 1925
Great Seal of the United States
Long title An Act authorizing the conservation, production, and exploitation of helium gas, a mineral resource pertaining to the national defense, and to the development of commercial aeronautics, and for other purposes.
Enacted by the 68th United States Congress
Effective March 3, 1925
Public law Pub.L. 68–544
Statutes at Large 43 Stat. 1110
Titles amended 50 U.S.C.: War and National Defense
U.S.C. sections created 50 U.S.C. ch. 10 § 161 et seq.
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.R. 5722 by Julius Kahn (R-CA) on May 2, 1924
  • Committee consideration by House Military Affairs
  • Passed the House on January 21, 1925 (Passed)
  • Passed the Senate on February 18, 1925 (Passed)
  • Reported by the joint conference committee on February 19, 1925; agreed to by the Senate on February 26, 1925 (Agreed) and by the House on February 28, 1925 (Agreed)
  • Signed into law by President Calvin Coolidge on March 3, 1925

Helium Act of 1925, 50 USC § 161, is an United States statute drafted for the purpose of conservation, exploration, and procurement of helium gas. The Act of Congress authorized the condemnation, lease, or purchase of acquired lands bearing the potential of producing helium gas. The Act empowered the United States Department of the Interior and United States Bureau of Mines with the jurisdiction for the experimentation, production, repurification, and research of the lighter than air gas. The Title 50 codified law provided the authority for the creation of the National Helium Reserve.

Privatization of Helium Act

The 104th United States Congress introduced four introductory bills in pursuit of privatizing the federal helium production and refining efforts of the United States.[1][2][3][4] On October 9, 1996, the Clinton Administration abolished the U.S. Federal Helium Refining Program through the passage of the Helium Privatization Act.[5][6]

Amendments to 1925 Act

U.S. Congressional amendments to the Helium Act of 1925.

Date of Enactment Public Law Number Statute Citation Legislative Bill U.S. Presidential Administration
September 1, 1937 P.L. 75-411 50 Stat. 885 S. 1567 Franklin D. Roosevelt
July 26, 1954 P.L. 83-527 68 Stat. 530 H.R. 8713 Dwight D. Eisenhower
September 13, 1960 P.L. 86-777 74 Stat. 918 H.R. 10548 Dwight D. Eisenhower
October 9, 1996 P.L. 104-273 110 Stat. 3315 H.R. 4168 William J. Clinton
October 2, 2013 P.L. 113–40 127 Stat. 534 H.R. 527 Barack H. Obama II

See also


  1. H.R. 846 at Congress.gov
  2. H.R. 873 at Congress.gov
  3. H.R. 2906 at Congress.gov
  4. H.R. 3008 at Congress.gov
  5. Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "William J. Clinton: "Statement on Signing the Helium Privatization Act of 1996," October 9, 1996". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Terminating Federal Helium Refining" (PDF). U.S. GAO ~ RCED-95-252R. U.S. Government Accountability Office. August 28, 1995.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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