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Environmental Votetracker — August/September 2019 issue

Chart showing how Appalachian legislators voted in June and July 2019

See how Appalachian legislators at the federal level voted in June and July 2019.

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What is Congress going to do about black lung’s resurgence?

Gary Hairston

In June, advocates for black lung healthcare testified before Congress and urged them to act on the deadly disease’s resurgence. Donate today to help send coal miners with black lung to D.C. in July to fight for the healthcare they deserve!

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Congress Needs to Pass the RECLAIM Act

Politicians like to talk about helping rural Appalachia. The RECLAIM Act is a chance for them to show that they mean it.

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Neighbors of Mountaintop Removal Testify Before Congress

Community member testifies before congress

In April, people living near coal strip mines testified before a U.S. House subcommittee about how mountaintop removal coal mining has affected their lives and communities.

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RECLAIM Act back in Congress

The bill to expedite spending of $1 billion in coal-impacted communities to repurpose old mine sites for new economic projects has been reintroduced into Congress with bipartisan support.

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Appalachians testify in Congress to end mountaintop removal

Residents of coal-impacted communities went to Washington, D.C., to share how strip mines have affected their lives and to support a moratorium on destructive strip mining.

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Congressional Hearing Addresses Abandoned Mine Cleanup

Eric Dixon sits before microphone

Regional leaders testified in front of a U.S. House subcommittee about strategies to restore abandoned mines and witnesses expressed support for the RECLAIM Act.

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Cuts to funding for black lung benefits

Despite significant grassroots pressure, an excise tax that pays into a healthcare and disability fund for miners with black lung was slashed in half. The lack of action by Congress amounts to a tax break for coal companies while putting benefits for former miners and their families at risk.

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Battling for Black Lung Benefits

complicated black lung disease

The deadly disease is on the rise, but funding for healthcare will be halved unless Congress acts this year.

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Reauthorization of Mine Lands Program Advances

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would renew funding for restoring abandoned coal mine sites — but it would also limit a wide swath of environmental protections.

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