Ohio Valley Resource: McConnell on Black Lung Fund

Oct 25, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there’s a plan to keep the trust fund from sliding further into debt.
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Amid a surge in cases of black lung disease, concerns are rising about the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which provides federal benefits to some coal miners with the disease.

A tax that funds those benefits is scheduled to fall by over 50 percent at the end of the year unless Congress acts. Now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there’s a plan to keep the trust fund from sliding further into debt.