US House passes $1.4 trillion package, which includes miner benefits funding


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Washington, December 18, 2019 | comments

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $1.4 trillion spending package that includes funding for coal miners’ pensions and health care as well as multiple policy changes.

The House voted 297-120 for funding domestic programs and 280-138 for funding security efforts.

The first measure dedicates funding for the health care benefits of 13,000 coal miners and pensions of 92,000 others. West Virginia Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito pushed the funding as part of the Bipartisan American Miners Act.

All three of West Virginia’s House members — Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Carol Miller — voted in favor of this legislation.

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