Snyder applauds congressional bill that includes protections for miners’ health care, pensions

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has released the following statement regarding the approval of legislation included in the federal government’s spending deal to help retired coal miners in Pennsylvania and nationwide:


“The Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019 is truly a Christmas miracle for more than 50,000 miners across our nation, including many here in our great commonwealth.


“This legislation will secure the pensions and healthcare benefits of these coal miners and their families. Many of them had feared losing those benefits due to recent coal company bankruptcies, but no longer. In addition to securing lifetime healthcare benefits, the measure also shores up funding for their pensions.


“Without the action and support of West Virginia U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who introduced the bill, and the support of PA U.S. Senator Bob Casey, more than 13,000 miners would have lost their benefits entirely and even more of them would have seen their pensions gutted next year.


“I have been proud to support the coal miners in our district, including the thousands of miners in Greene County, a region which continues to be among the top coal-producing counties in the United States. Make no mistake: I will continue to fight for and support our miners and their families and ensure they have a safe, secure future.”