Donald Trump has been promising to bring back jobs to the coal miners and has ignored Democrats who proposed renewable energy-based jobs to replace coal. Republicans have played the “They wanna take your jobs away card!”, however, victims of Black Lung Disease in Kentucky are being ignored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Last week 120 coal miners from Kentucky traveled to Washington, DC to confront Mitch McConnell and pressure him into financing the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which has been so crucial to these retired coal miners and their families.
You would think that since Republicans always talk about how great coal miners are and since keeping coal miners jobs intact was a big part Donald Trumps 2016 Presidential election campaign, that Mitch McConnell would act fast to keep these coal miners happy but the exact opposite happened. The Coal Miners that came to speak with McConnell said he was “rude”.
George Massey, a coal miner from Kentucky said "We rode up here for 10 hours by bus to get some answers from him because he represents our state. For him to come in for just two minutes was a low-down shame."
Reuters reported, "Coal companies had been required to pay a $1.10 per ton tax on underground coal to finance the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which supports disabled miners whose employers go bankrupt and can no longer pay out medical benefits. But the amount reverted to the 1977 level of 55 cents [in January] after Congress declined to take action to maintain the rate."
Victor Jarome Morrow