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Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California. Mr. Chair, I rise today to oppose this bill because it's a mere political message--not a solution for the Nation's coal mining communities.

Simply put: Jobs are being lost in the coalfields because natural gas is cheaper.

Adopting this bill will do nothing to change those market forces.

Likewise, this bill has nothing to do with protecting coal miners or ensuring they return home safely after their shift.

It's been more than two years since 29 miners died in the Upper Big Branch mine. And for more than two years, families who lost a loved one in the mine have demanded congressional action.

They want to ensure that the system does not let unscrupulous mine owners cover up unsafe conditions.

All they want is to be sure that no other family will have to go through what they did.

Well, more than two years and four investigative reports later, this Congress still has not acted.

I've met plenty of miners in my day. They're smart enough to see through this stunt.

I urge my colleagues to vote ``no'' on this bill, and turn our attention to job creation and job safety.


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