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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

REP. JENKINS: PASS MINERS’ PENSIONS BILL

December 1, 2016
Press Release
“Congress needs to act to fulfill this promise – to keep our word to the miners of West Virginia and other coal states.”

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the House floor, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) urged his colleagues to support passage of legislation to protect miners’ pensions and benefits.

“Time is running out to do the right thing by our miners and their families. 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 pending in the Senate. Congress needs to act to fulfill this promise – to keep our word to the miners of West Virginia and other coal states,” Rep. Jenkins said.

Please click here to watch his floor speech. The full transcript is below.

“Mr. Speaker, with only weeks left in this Congress, two to be exact, our retired coal miners and widows are wondering if we will act to protect them. At the end of the year, the healthcare benefits of many miners and their widows will dry up, and their pensions could be cut in the months and years ahead.

“When they went down into the mines, they were made a promise – when you retire, you’ll have a good pension and healthcare benefits. Now, that promise is in jeopardy. The pensions and benefits they worked their whole lives for are in jeopardy.

“Mr. Speaker, time is running out to do the right thing by our miners and their families.

“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 pending in the Senate. Congress needs to act to fulfill this promise – to keep our word to the miners of West Virginia and other coal states.

“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. I yield back.”