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Fri May 13, 2022, 07:18 PM

Coal miners press Manchin to back reconciliation bill to extend black lung funding

The Hill via Yahoo News

West Virginia coal miners on Thursday launched a campaign urging Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to support a Democratic budget reconciliation bill that would extend funding for black lung patients.

President Bidenís Build Back Better Act, which Manchin torpedoed late last year, included Manchinís bill to extend an increased coal excise tax that funds benefits for coal miners suffering from black lung disease.

The higher tax rate expired at the end of last year, bringing uncertainty to a trust fund that provides monthly payments and medical benefits to more than 25,000 miners battling the debilitating disease.

Advocates say that a Democratic reconciliation package is the only major legislative proposal that includes the bill, which would extend the excise tax for 10 years.

ďThat bill is not going to move. Itís gonna have to be included in a package, and right now this is the only package that has been proposed that would fit this bill,Ē Courtney Rhoades, an organizer at the Appalachian Citizensí Law Center, said during a Thursday press conference in Charleston.

Roughly 1 in 5 coal miners in central Appalachia suffer from black lung disease, advocates say, which is caused by miners inhaling toxic coal and silica dust on the job. Doctors havenít found a cure to the deadly disease, which slowly cuts off oxygen flow.

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Reply Coal miners press Manchin to back reconciliation bill to extend black lung funding (Original post)
In It to Win It May 13 OP
Carlitos Brigante May 13 #1
NoMoreRepugs May 13 #2
Carlitos Brigante May 13 #5
keithbvadu2 May 13 #3
blue neen May 13 #4
blueinredohio May 13 #6
sakabatou May 13 #7

Response to In It to Win It (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 07:20 PM

1. If by "press" they don't mean handing him a giant, cartoonish sack with a

large $ symbol. Then, good luck.

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Response to In It to Win It (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 07:26 PM

2. What's in it for the ManChin?

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Response to NoMoreRepugs (Reply #2)

Fri May 13, 2022, 09:35 PM

5. The first question that comes to mind is. Why would he need to be "pressed" on this issue? Isn't

he "Mr. Aw Shucks, I'm Just One of You Good Ol' Boys"? Seriously, why wouldn't this one be a no-brainer for Unfrozen Caveman CEO?......... oh, I get your question now.....

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Response to In It to Win It (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 09:28 PM

3. This would cost Manchin money?

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Response to In It to Win It (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 09:31 PM

4. Come on, Joe.

The people of West Virginia need you.

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Response to In It to Win It (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 09:56 PM

6. Manchin will worry about coal miners and black lung

in West Virginia when Moscow Mitch worries about them in Kentucky. Which will be never. Keep voting them back in dumb asses.

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Response to In It to Win It (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 10:01 PM

7. Manchin cares about coal mine OWNERS, not the workers.

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