Vote expected in Congress to protect coal miners’ pensions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – A vote in Congress is expected before the end of the year on bipartisan legislation that would protect pension benefits for Kentucky coal miners’, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky.

The American Miners Act of 2019 is included in the government funding bill that is expected to pass Congress and go to President Donald Trump for his signature, according to Senator McConnell.

He says the bill also expands the existing health care benefits provided under the HELP for Coal Miners Health Care Act of 2017.   Coal miners’ benefits have been put in jeopardy due to recent coal company bankruptcies.

McConnell says these actions will secure the pensions of 92,000 coal miners and protect health care benefits for 13,000 miners.

Senator McConnell introduced the legislation with Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin, both of West Virginia.  It is designed to secure funding for the 1974 miner Pension Plan to keep it solvent.

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