Lisa Murkowski

House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections over coal miner benefits

House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections over coal miner benefits

A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, the House easily passed a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running through the end of April. The legislation's fate in the Senate remained uncertain due to strident opposition from coal-state Democrats.

The Republican-led House voted Thursday to approve the spending bill, 326-96.

Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sherrod Brown of Ohio argued that a provision in the bill to temporarily extend health care benefits for about 16,500 retired union coal miners facing the loss of coverage on Dec. 31 is insufficient. The measure does not protect pension benefits despite President Harry S. Truman's 1946 guarantee to...

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