Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02), co-chair of the Congressional Coal Caucus, introduced the Coal Jobs Protection Act, H.R. 1829, in the House today. This legislation aims to push back on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) overreach into the permitting process, which is negatively impacting coal-mining jobs in states like West Virginia. Capito recently joined U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky last week to announce that they would be introducing the legislation in both the House and the Senate.
"Tens of thousands of West Virginians depend on the coal industry to put food on the table and a roof over their families' heads. With President Obama and the EPA actively trying to "bankrupt' this vital industry, it is imperative that Congress protects these important jobs. Part of that process is pushing back against the EPA's overreach into the permitting process. The Coal Jobs Protection Act prevents the EPA from holding the permitting process hostage by putting them on the clock and restoring decision-making power to the states, rather than Washington bureaucrats. By holding the EPA accountable, Congress can help grow the economy, and protect mining and related jobs."