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The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources met last week to discuss solutions and a bill sponsored by Sens. Jeffrey Bingaman, D-N.M. and John Barrasso, D-Wyo., to change how the government sells helium from the reserve.
"If Congress doesn't act, the helium program will disappear all together in less than three years, leaving our hospitals, national labs, domestic manufacturers and helium producers without an adequate supply," Bingaman said.
Helium is used in cryogenics (its largest single use, absorbing about a quarter of production)