The Senate approved S. 1513, the High Technology Jobs Preservation Act, by a vote of 97-2 on September 19. Introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the bill would allow the Federal Helium Reserve to continue operations in three phases: the current system through the end of September 2014, an auctioning of the helium beginning in fiscal year 2015, and operation serving only federal customers.