U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell voted today against the confirmation of Janice Schneider, President Obama's nominee to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management. President Obama selected her to manage the Office of Surface Mining, which is rewriting a "stream protection" rule for coal mining that could have serious ramifications on Kentucky coal jobs.
"Ms. Schneider was not forthcoming when asked how she would respond to resolving a coal-related rule of great consequence to Kentucky's coal miners," Senator McConnell said. "Kentucky coal miners and their families cannot risk another enemy of coal leading an organization that is responsible for regulating how coal mines operate, and that is why I proudly voted against her nomination."
"The Kentucky Coal Association thanks Senator McConnell for once again standing up for Kentucky's coal miners and our low-cost electricity by opposing the confirmation of Janice Schneider," said Bill Bissett, President of the Kentucky Coal Association. "Given Ms. Schneider's previous vague and uncommitted comments regarding how she would handle the "stream protection' rule, we believe that she simply cannot be trusted to protect jobs and the wellbeing of Kentucky's economy in the redrafting of this rule. Today, a vote for Pres. Obama's handpicked nominee Ms. Schneider would have been a vote against coal and what's best for both Kentucky and our nation's economy."