April 28, 2017

Manchin Supports Short-Term Funding with Assurance Permanent Healthcare Fix for Miners will be on Final Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued a statement on his support of the short-term continuing resolution that passed the Senate by unanimous consent today to keep the government funded through next week.

“I am supporting the short-term funding bill that will keep the government open until next week only because I received assurances that a permanent healthcare fix for our retired miners will be in the final spending package and the inclusion of explicit language covering our miners in the short-term funding bill,” Senator Manchin said. “I am very confident that next week we will finally pass a permanent healthcare fix for our retired miners who have been coming to Capitol Hill, talking with their representatives, making phone calls and writing letters for years to get this done. It’s because of their hard work that we are so close to securing a permanent healthcare fix and I thank them for dedicating their time and energy. These patriotic miners have waited far too long already, so I urge all of my colleagues to get this done; then, we will redouble our efforts to find a permanent fix for their pensions.”

On Wednesday, Senator Manchin stood with United Mine Workers of America retirees in front of the Capitol calling for a permanent healthcare fix in government funding legislation. To watch a video of the press conference, click here.