Scott Statement on Senate Finance Committee Action on Miners Protection Act

September 21, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement in response to the Senate Finance Committee favorably reporting S.1714, the Miners Protection Act. The legislation would protect the pensions of coal miners and prevent the termination of retiree medical benefits for those miners whose companies filed for bankruptcy since 2012. Without Congressional action, the hard earned benefits of thousands of retirees in Virginia would be jeopardized.

Congressman Scott is a cosponsor of H.R. 2403, The Coal Healthcare and Pensions Protection Act of 2015 – the House companion of this legislation.

“The Senate has taken an important first step in fulfilling the federal government’s longstanding commitment to protect the retiree medical and pension benefits that miners have earned through their hard and dangerous work,” stated Rep. Scott.  “This is the right and fair thing to do, considering the federal government’s history and commitment to the UMWA-represented coal miners, dating back to the presidency of Harry S. Truman. Critics of the legislation believe that it is too expensive while claiming they are ‘friends of coal.’ It is time for these same legislators to also show they are ‘friends of coal miners.’ I am committed to working on a bipartisan basis to see that we enact this legislation before the end of this session of Congress to provide long overdue certainty to miners and their families.”

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