Monday, February 11, 2008

Following Joe's Money

I wonder if Joe's vote against the mine safety legislation has anything to do with where Joe Knollenberg is getting his campaign contrubutions from. What do you think?

Ms. Stephanie Salvagno
COALPAC - National Mining Assoc. 101 Constitution Ave NW # 500 East
Washington, DC 200012133

11/05/2007 500.00


Ms. Stephanie Salvagno
MINEPAC - National Mining Assoc. 101 Constitution Ave NW, #500 East
Washington, DC 20001

11/05/2007 500.00


Ms. Beverly Marshall
Duke-Energy PAC 422 S. Church Street, PB05D
Charlotte, North Carolina 282420001

10/27/2007 1000.00

Mr. Jeff Hogg
RJ Reynolds PAC 1201 F Street, #1000
Washington, DC 20004

12/12/2007 1000.00


This is unconscionable. The S-Miner Act would:

* Help prevent disasters. It would add new safeguards for a dangerous practice called “retreat mining.” It would strengthen standards to contain explosions and fires inside mines. It strengthens the enforcement hand of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, in part by giving the agency subpoena authority. It increases certain penalties against mine operators that violate the law. And it creates a miner ombudsman’s office to handle safety complaints from miners.

* Improve emergency response in the event that a disaster does occur. The legislation more clearly defines MSHA’s responsibilities and authority at the scene of a disaster. It requires MSHA to develop a plan to better coordinate with state and local authorities. It establishes rules for independent investigations of mining disasters. And it would improve safety technology in the mines, including better tracking and communications equipment, more reliable air supplies, and the installation of refuge chambers where trapped miners can safely await rescue.

* Reduce long-term health risks facing miners. The legislation updates standards to combat black lung disease and to reduce miners’ exposure to other deadly health risks, such as asbestos. It also strengthens rules to better inform miners of the health risks they face.

Now we know why Joe voted no.


MIKE said...

They look but they don't see. They hear but they don't listen. They talk but they don't think. They preach but they don't believe. Knollenber epitomizes all that is hypocritical with Republicans. Family values my ass.

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