NPR Reports:¬†Thousands of coal miners who are suffering from an advanced stage of black lung disease fear that, if Congress doesn’t act, a government fund set up to help them won’t have enough money.

Discussing the disappearance of the coal tax extension from an earlier House Bill, Becca Schimmel reports:

“Black lung advocates like Wes Addington feared that might have been the best chance at extending the tax. Addington is deputy director of the nonprofit Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center.

WES ADDINGTON: ‘Well, it just shows you how responsive Congress can be to lobbyists from an industry that’s on its decline.'”

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