"Any attempt by Democrats to blame someone else is just a distraction," Barrasso said on the Senate floor on Dec. 9. "Health and pension funds can pay benefits for retired workers as long as the mines are actually working and they can mine coal and sell coal and make money."
Congressional coal advocates ready agenda for life
Equipped with majorities in the Senate and House and a vocal advocate in the White House for the first time in nearly a decade, congressional coal advocates are preparing an agenda that intends to assist the ailing industry and those who've left it behind. As 2016 comes to a close, coal supporters in the U.S.
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