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Coal companies had been required to pay a $1.10 per ton tax on underground coal Online Cigarettes Store USA 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 this year after Congress declined to take action to maintain the rate.
The coal industry had lobbied hard to allow the tax to drop as scheduled, despite a government report Newport Pleasure saying the fund was in dire financial straits, arguing the companies were already facing economic pain and that benefits for afflicted miners would not be affected.
McConnell spokeswoman Stephanie Penn said the senator "was glad to welcome his constituents to the Capitol" but did not comment on miners' complaints. She said he is "working closely with interested parties regarding future funding for the program and will continue to ensure these important benefits are maintained."
Massey and Mullins were among 120 miners and their families who traveled to Washington to call on Congress to restore the higher tax. The group also met with Democratic senators Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Democratic Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott - all of whom have supported different bills that would Newport 100s Box protect and strengthen their black lung benefits.