Miners Protection Act gets spot on committee agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Finance Committee will take up the Miners Protection Act during its meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin tweeted the news Monday morning.

“I’m pleased @SenateFinance has finally announced a markup of the Miners Protection Act this Wednesday. This is long overdue.”

Manchin said last week there are 46 Democrats and eight Republicans in the Senate supporting the fix to the fund that has provided health care and pension benefits to retired miners and their widows.

Manchin and fellow Senator Shelley Moore Capito said last week that if Congress fails to keep the funding in place 23,000 miners and widows could lose benefits by next July. The free fall of the coal industry and company bankruptcies have reduced payments into the fund while the number of beneficiaries has grown.

The fix includes annually taking money from the Abandoned Mine Land Fund until the benefits fund is stabilized.

Thousands of miners, many of them from West Virginia, rallied outside the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago.

Wednesday’s finance committee meeting will begin at 10 a.m.





More News

News
213 homes completed under RISE West Virginia
There are 191 active cases in the RISE West Virginia program.
August 8, 2020 - 1:05 pm
News
Public Service Commission urges deal on Page-Kincaid PSD
The Page-Kincaid Public Service District and West Virginia American Water Company will have to come to an agreement about the water system's future
August 8, 2020 - 11:15 am
News
West Virginia native to lead National Park Service
Margaret Everson has been chosen to replace David Vela as acting director.
August 8, 2020 - 4:39 am
News
WVU Medicine chief says COVID-19 patient count at 'manageable level"
CEO Albert Wright a guest Friday on MetroNews "Talkline."
August 7, 2020 - 4:09 pm