WASHINGTON-Today, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R.W.Va., thanked our nation's miners for their hard work and sacrifice and also called on the Administration to consider the consequences its anti-coal agenda has on the mining industry in West Virginia.
In 2009, Congresswoman Capito joined with members of the West Virginia delegation in introducing a resolution designating December 6 as National Miners Day "in appreciation, honor, and remembrance of the accomplishments and sacrifices of the miners of the Nation." The Senate passed similar legislation by Unanimous Consent. To read the full text of the resolution, click here.
"Our miners play an invaluable role in our economy and community. Working in often harsh and dangerous conditions, miners frequently risk their lives to mine our nation's most abundant resource. Events such as the Upper Big Branch mine disaster are tragic reminders of the need to continually assess and address the serious shortcomings in mine safety standards," stated Capito.
To that effect, Capito introduced H.R. 5788, the Mine Safety Accountability and Improved Protection Act, in July.
"Recently, the mining industry has been under attack by the Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Policies like cap-and-trade directly threaten the livelihood of the coal industry, while the EPA's decision to stall and even repeal approved mining permits throughout Appalachia has led to a slow bleed of jobs in our state," Capito stated.
"As we celebrate the life and work of the miner, I call on the Administration to carefully consider the grave consequences their anti-coal agenda has on individual miners, their families as well as all of West Virginia," concluded Capito.
Capito hopes the House will pass the resolution in order to officially create a federal miners day.