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Sep 20 2000

ROCKEFELLER COMMENDS GORE ON HIS COMMITMENT TO MINERS

-- UMWA Endorses Gore for President --

WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) today sent a letter to Vice President Al Gore following the United Mine Workers union's endorsement of Gore for president. The following is the text of the letter:

September 20, 2000

Dear Mr. Vice President,

     I want to thank you for your longstanding commitment to maintaining coal miners' health benefits.

     I very much appreciate your recognition that coal is and will need to be a critical part of our nation's energy future, and that it can be part of the solutions we all seek as we work toward a cleaner and safer environment. Your promise to support accelerating research and deployment of clean coal technology is something we have talked about over the years.

     You also know how deeply I appreciate your fighting side by side with me to maintain the promised health benefits of retired miners and their widows covered by the Coal Act. These retired miners worked their whole lives in unforgiving conditions. They deserve the health care that they were promised and that they earned for themselves and their widows. Our fight for retired miners' health care will mean the difference between health care security or dangerous benefit cuts for the over 60,000 retirees who count on the Coal Act. Together, we will continue that fight until we have the long-term solution miners need. I know that when you are elected President, you will keep that promise.

     On behalf of the miners, retirees, and their families whom I represent, I thank you for your leadership and commitment to preserving a strong coal industry in America.

Sincerely,

Senator Jay Rockefeller