On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke to members of the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pensions Plans at the first meeting of the full committee. During the organizational meeting, members adopted committee rules and made opening statements. Today’s meeting was the first in a series of meetings and hearings that the Joint Select Committee will hold as it works toward a bipartisan solution to the multiemployer pension plan crisis that is threatening almost 86,000 coal miners nationwide, including over 26,000 in West Virginia.
“I want to brag because I grew up with all these people. I know them. My little town of Farmington had four major mines. It was a tremendous experience in my life to see the quality of people that would risk their lives every day…going down every day to provide the energy this country needed to win every war. We fueled the Industrial Revolution. We made the middle class because of their hard work.”