WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement today regarding the inclusion of the Miner’s Protection Act in the government funding agreement reached last night. Congress is expected to vote on the measure this week, which includes permanent health care benefits for miners and several other provisions that will benefit West Virginians:

“Protecting health care benefits for our nation’s coal miners has been one of my top priorities, and I am pleased that Congress has finally agreed on a permanent fix to preserve health care for these hardworking men and women. I will continue to lead efforts in Congress that help put our miners back to work and rebuild local economies that rely on energy production.”