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Several laid-off and working coal miners voiced their concerns Friday to two U.S. congressmen. U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., talked with about 10 individuals who said they had been laid off from a coal mine at some point in their career. Some of the people said they were recently laid off and are now unemployed.
Members of the U.S. Congress came to North Central West Virginia Friday to attend a United Mine Workers of America rally and learn more about the issues faced by coal miners in the region. U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., traveled to the Harrison County Mine (formerly Robinson Run) for a tour after the rally, which was held in Morgantown.
Families and members of the United Mine Workers of America all gathered at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown to make a stand for benefits they say they've earned during their time in the mines, including health care benefits and pensions. But those are being denied to many miners as companies are restructured due to purchases or bankruptcies, and those miners say they need the money that should be coming to them.
Earlier today a federal court of appeals blocked implementation of the EPA's controversial proposed rule expanding its authority over water and wetlands. The regulation, also known as "Waters of the U.S.," would give the EPA significantly more power to regulate bodies of water, including intermittent streams and puddles. Previously this power only applied to "navigable waters" like rivers and lakes.
After West Virginia Mine Tour, McKinley and Welch Introduce Legislation to Help Coal Miners and Communities10/07/15
After touring a West Virginia coal mine and convening roundtables of coal workers and workforce officials last week, Representatives David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced legislation today to assist coal workers who have lost their jobs due to a downturn in the coal industry. The Healthy Employee Loss Prevention Act (HELP Act, H.R. 3689) would provide retraining and job search assistance to displaced workers in coal communities across the country.
Today a bipartisan majority passed a bill to hold Iran accountable for the acts of terror they have supported over the last decades by preventing sanctions from being lifted until Iran compensates the American citizens who were victimized by terrorist acts supported and funded by Iran. The Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act (H.R. 3457) passed with bipartisan support, despite opposition from the Obama Administration.