Solution for Threatened Miners Pension and Health Care Passes the House
Year-End Deal Includes legislation to address Threatened UMWA Pension and Retiree Health Care
Representative David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) praised the passage of a bipartisan spending agreement that includes a permanent fix for the pension and health care benefits of retired miners. The year-end spending bill passed the House today, with a provision similar to the bipartisan legislation that McKinley introduced to protect miners’ pensions and healthcare.
“For years, we’ve been leading the fight to protect the pensions and health care benefits earned by retired miners, and by the end of this week, we can finally say our government is keeping its promise,” said McKinley. “This agreement will provide peace of mind to the 100,000 retirees, widows, and families who depend on the UMWA pension fund. After years of bipartisan effort that I have been proud to lead in the House, we can see the end of the tunnel."
“Over the years, we have worked to keep this issue front and center. So much hard work has gone into getting this legislation to this point, and the retired miners and their families, who made their voices heard in Congress, deserve a lot of the credit. This has been a team effort. We are thankful for Senator Capito and Senator Manchin’s leadership to make this bill a priority in the senate. I look forward to this agreement passing the Senate later this week, and being signed into law,” McKinley added.
Since 2013, McKinley has introduced bipartisan legislation to protect pensions and health care benefits for more than 100,000 United Mine Workers Association (UMWA) retirees and family members.