Representatives John Shimkus (IL-15) and Bill Enyart (IL-12) announced today that they will co-chair the Congressional Coal Caucus to promote Southern Illinois coal and good jobs. Illinois reported a record year for coal production in 2012 thanks in large part to Southern Illinois workers and mines. As co-chairs of the Congressional Coal Caucus, Congressmen Shimkus and Enyart will work together to advance Southern Illinois coal production, workers, and good jobs that strengthen our middle class.
Shimkus said: "Coal helps keep our electric utility costs down, as well as providing jobs to thousands of Illinoisans. We need to work to increase both the employment and use of coal by advancing rules and regulations that don't unnecessarily shut down mines and power plants. One of those ways is through bipartisan coal ash legislation that passed the House last year. I will work with Congressman Enyart to advance that and other measures that promote jobs and low cost power."
Enyart said: "I'm proud to co-chair the Congressional Coal Caucus with Congressman Shimkus because Southern Illinois' dedicated workforce and abundant natural resources like coal are key to rebuilding our economy and strengthening the future for our children and grandchildren. Our coal industry in Southern Illinoiscan provide new opportunity and good jobs that support middle class families and power our communities."
Enyart recently delivered a speech on the U.S. House Floor recognizing Southern Illinois coal and workers. Watch it here: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/4303150 .