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Rural Blog: McConnell says he favors long-term fix for miners’ health benefits, but mum on pensions

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote in an op-ed for Kentucky newspapers saying that he favors a long-term fix for coal miners’ health benefits, which Congress recently extended through April 2017 to 12,500 retired miners and their families. McConnell did not mention miners’ pensions, which are also at risk due to the coal industry’s decline. Senate Majority Leader Mitch...