Three weeks after Senate Democrats failed to retake the majority, several high-ranking Senate Democrats took to the floor to admonish the 21st Century Cures Bill for not doing enough for American coal miners. Those who spoke out against the bill included Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
“We had a chance to help coal miners whose health care is on the ropes and who are running out of time,” Warren said in her remarks. “Unfortunately, the Cures bill introduced in the House last week doesn’t do any of those things.”
Warren in the past has praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan as a “powerful step,” but this plan has been widely viewed as coal killing rule, eliminating jobs for thousands of blue collar workers.
Ohio Senator Shared Brown spent six minutes attacking the proposed legislation for not doing enough for American coal miners.
Both Brown and Warren, along with Durbin and Merkley, were all vocal supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who famously said during a March town hall in Ohio, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
Clinton ended up losing four out of the top five coal-producing states in the country, including the pivotal swing state of Pennsylvania.
It’s hardly surprising that Senate Democrats are changing their tune when it comes to America’s coal miners.
The 2018 Senate map includes Indiana, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia – all states currently represented by Democrats. Each of these states are also within the top 15 coal-producing states in the country, and it’s not hard to understand why Democrats now care about coal miners.
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