WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The US Senate passed a bill yesterday that would help keep the Federal Helium Reserve operating.
US Representative Mac Thornberry says that if Congress does not finalize the bill by October 7th, the reserve could be shut down as soon as next month.
The government holds more than a billion cubic meters of helium at the Cliffside Storage Facility about 12 miles north of Amarillo.
The bill passed the senate by a vote of 97 to 2. The original version of the bill was passed by Congress in April by a vote of 394 to one.
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