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Virginia state lawmakers call on U.S. Senate to pass climate reconciliation bill

Virginia legislators sent a letter to Sens. Kaine and Warner supporting a budget reconciliation package under negotiation that invests $555 billion in climate and clean energy.

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Community groups call on Congress to increase economic revitalization funding

CONTACT: Dan Radmacher, (540) 798-6683), dan@appvoices.org APPALACHIA — Today, 26 organizations, businesses and local governments from coal mining communities sent a letter to leaders of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees calling for increased funding to the Abandoned Mine Land

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PRESS STATEMENT: Confirmation hearing for TVA appointees is long overdue

Today, a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a confirmation hearing for three nominees to the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors. Beth Geer, Michelle Moore and Robert “Bobby” Klein were nominated by President

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Program seeking to link work on abandoned mine land with economic development could be improved

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition has put out a list of 10 recommendations to improve the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Grant Program so this money is more equitably distributed and focused on transformative projects for coal-impacted communities.

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Appalachian Voices celebrates U.S. House committee’s bill to improve black lung benefits

The bill, which was reported from the committee on a party-line vote, proposes changes to the Black Lung Benefits Program that will make it easier for coal miners and their dependents to access the benefits of the program, which include a living stipend and healthcare benefits.

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Appalachian groups praise bipartisan effort to increase economic revitalization funding

Today, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives sent a letter to congressional leadership and members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees calling for increased funding to the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program for Fiscal Year 2022 as Congress works to finalize the appropriations bill before March 11.

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Advocates applaud introduction of Rep. Scott & Adams’ 10-year extension of excise tax for Black Lung Disability Trust Fund

Today, Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12) introduced the Black Lung Benefits Disability Trust Fund Solvency Act of 2022 to extend the Coal Excise Tax for 10 years, with original cosponsors Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-12).

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Black Lung Association and 68 organizations demand urgent action from Congress to extend Black Lung Excise Tax

five miners wearing shirts that say Black Lung Kills gather around a notepad

CONTACT: Dan Radmacher, dan@appvoices.org, (540) 798-6683 Trey Pollard, trey@pollardcommunications.com, (202) 904-9187 Read the letter here APPALACHIA — The National Black Lung Association and 68 other organizations sent a letter to congressional leadership Thursday urging immediate action to provide a long-term

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Historic investments in Abandoned Mine Land Program a win for coal-impacted communities

workers cleaning up mine site

Congress has passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes the reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Land Program and the largest-ever investment in abandoned coal mine cleanup! Now they must pass the Build Back Better Act to invest in workers, families and clean energy.

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Build Back Better Framework contains key provisions to spur clean energy investments in Appalachia

CONTACT: Tom Cormons, Appalachian Voices Executive Director, tom@appvoices.org, (434) 981-6506 Jamie Goodman, Digital Communications Specialist, comms@appvoices.org, (828) 719-9493 The newly unveiled Build Back Better Framework presents a historic investment in rural America, in working families, and in ensuring a just,

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