Durbin, Duckworth Bipartisan Act to Protect Miners Pensions, Health Care
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill will protect miners’ pensions and health care coverage for retirees impacted by 2018 and 2019 mine bankruptcies.
The Bipartisan American Miners Act, included in the final funding package, secures lifetime health care benefits for 13,000 miners who would have lost their benefits entirely, and 92,000 miners who would have seen their pensions gutted next year without Congressional action. This includes pension benefits for more than 8,000 miners and health coverage for more than 1,000 miners in Illinois.
The act was sponsored in total by 12 Democrats and 3 Republicans including both Chris Van Hollen and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
By: Jeremy Coumbes
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