Rep. Jenkins: protect miners’ pensions now


Rep. Jenkins


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WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) urged Congress to act immediately to protect miners’ pensions and healthcare benefits and pass legislation to keep our promise to them.

“Congress needs to act to fulfill this promise. Our miners have done so much for our country. They mined the coal that made the steel that built the skyscrapers and won world wars. These miners and their families deserve no less than what they worked their entire lives to earn – the peace of mind that comes with a pension,” Rep. Jenkins said on the House floor.

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The full transcript of the congressman’s speech is below.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Time is running out to do right by our retired coal miners and their widows.

“When they went down into the mines, they were made a promise – when you retire, you’ll have good pensions and healthcare benefits.

“They literally put their lives on the line to put food on their table and power our nation, but now that promise is in jeopardy.

“At the end of the year, the healthcare benefits for many miners and their widows will dry up, and their pensions could end in the months and years ahead.

“These families are worried about making ends meet and they are going into the holidays with great uncertainty about what the new year will bring.

“But we have a solution – the Coal Healthcare and Pensions Protection Act – legislation I am a proud cosponsor of. It’s a bipartisan bill, and a similar bill is actually pending in the Senate.

“Congress needs to act to fulfill this promise. Our miners have done so much for our country. They mined the coal that made the steel that built the skyscrapers and won world wars.

“These miners and their families deserve no less than what they worked their entire lives to earn – the peace of mind that comes with a pension.

“I urge my colleagues to keep the promise and support this important legislation. Time is running out to stand up for our miners and their families.”

Rep. Jenkins
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