EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSThousands To Rally In D.C. To Show Support For Mining Industry
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Reported: Oct. 29, 2013 10:09 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 29, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
More than 5,000 miners, energy workers, supporters and West Virginia politicians were expected to participate today in a "Rally for the American Jobs" event in Washington, D.C.
The 11 a.m. rally is set to show support for the mining industry, according to a news release from the West Virginia Coal Association.
“We are going to Washington to show the support that exists for the people of our country’s mining industry and to put a face to the drastic job crushing policies coming out of this administration,” said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, in a news release.
“This administration’s policies are crippling the coal industry, and so much more. Jobs are being destroyed in electric generation, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and across the economy. There is a growing army of Americans who have been pushed aside by this president, creating heart break and misery in hundreds of thousands of homes.”
Buses departed from Huntington, Danville, Beckley, Morgantown and other areas early Tuesday morning to make it to Washington, D.C. in time for the rally. The event was expected to feature more than 30 industry leaders, congressional representatives and state officials.
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, head of the Congressional Coal Caucus, was scheduled to emcee the event. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Congressman Nick Rahall, Congressman David McKinley and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin were scheduled to participate.
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