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Manchin, Casey, Scott and Cartwright Introduce Bills to Protect Miners and Strengthen Safety Standards
Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA) and House Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17) introduced the Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act of 2017 and the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act of 2017. These bills would reform the federal program that provides benefits to coal miners suffering from black lung disease and provide the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) with improved tools to investigate unsafe mines and ensure that irresponsible mine operators are held accountable.
“On this sad anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, we are reminded that no family or community should ever endure a preventable tragedy like the one at Upper Big Branch again,” Senator Manchin said. “The health and safety of our miners will always be my top priority. It is critical that we continue to improve our safety standards so that our miners’ lives are never in jeopardy and that is why I’m re-introducing the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act. This important legislation will ensure we keep our promises to America’s brave miners by helping to close backlogs in benefits claims, hold safety violators accountable for negligence, and reform a broken liability system.”
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