Coal miners have been hit hard over the past eight years by progressive policies thanks to the Obama administration.
In response to the struggles placed on them by the government, thousands of coal miners have gathered in front of the Capitol building on Thursday to protest anti-mining policies and demand the benefits they lost because of bankruptcies.
“We retirees in the coal industry helped make this country what it is,” Buddy Davis, a retired coal worker from West Virginia, told The Daily Caller. “They just have to pass a bill so we have access to benefits we paid into every year.”
The health care and pensions of these union coal miners who gathered in D.C. were in jeopardy because of “senseless and heartless policies from the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency,” Rep. Andy Barr, a Republican from Kentucky who spoke at the rally, explained.
President Barack Obama declared a “war on coal” when he was only a candidate and his progressive policies in office have backed up that promise.
Because of that, thousands of Kentuckians no longer have paychecks, Barr charged.
“These men and woman worked their tails off for decades underground in a tough environment and what they did was heroic work,” he said.
Bankruptcy, caused by market conditions and harsh regulations from the government, caused a large number of coal worker pensions to become defunded.
A Senate bill supported by the United Mine Workers of America would guarantee healthcare and retirement benefits for roughly 23,000 retired coal miners and their families and for nearly 120,000 current coal workers.
While the bill stalled in the Senate over a year ago because of concerns over the $3 billion price tag, supporters have pointed out that the funds already exist from a tax on coal companies and simply need to be directed to support pensions.