Capito: Administration’s regulations cost another 900 West Virginia workers their jobs

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) recently responded to reports that as many as 900 West Virginia workers could be laid off by coal producer Alpha Natural Resources, warning that the Obama administration’s regulations are deeply impacting families and communities.

“For no fault of their own, nearly 900 of West Virginia’s hard-working miners and their families got word yesterday that their jobs could be lost,” Capito said. “This announcement, the latest in a string of job losses that began right before Christmas, is yet another reminder of the real impacts this administration’s regulations are having on jobs, families and communities.

“President Obama is keeping his promise to bankrupt coal, and the consequences have been absolutely devastating for the thousands of West Virginians left wondering how to make ends meet. This is why I introduced legislation to block the harmful Clean Power Plan and voted to fund research at West Virginia institutions to make coal energy production cleaner and more efficient.”

Capito added that she will continue her fight against what she called “destructive regulations” and to protect vital energy jobs in West Virginia. Other avenues meant to spur economic development and advance rural broadband are also needed, she cautioned.

“Through my Capito Connect plan, we can bridge the digital divide in West Virginia, bring new opportunities to our state and create new job training programs that will help our coal miners,” Capito said.

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