We are Kentuckians. We believe all workers – including coal miners who risked their health and safety – deserve health care, a decent income and a secure retirement. We all need clean water, and that starts by restoring old mine sites and polluted waterways. And we want more good jobs and opportunities in our communities so that everyone – brown, Black and white, young and old – can thrive.
It won’t be easy to build a brighter future here. But we can start by fixing what’s broke.
That’s why Kentuckians are coming together to demand that Congress stand up for our miners and communities. Specifically, we want our elected leaders to:
Restore funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund to preserve essential benefits for miners with black lung disease and their families (H.R. 3876 and S 3172).
Pass the RECLAIM Act to create good jobs while restoring old mine sites and polluted waterways by investing $1 billion over five years from an existing fund. (H.R. 2156).
Reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Lands Program, which requires coal companies to pay into a fund used to reclaim old mine sites and polluted waterways (H.R. 4248).