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Grimes Criticizes McConnell In Eastern Ky. Stop For Opposition To Black Lung Benefits

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Reported: Jul. 3, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2014 5:04 PM EDT
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Frankfort , Kentucky

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has vowed to repeal all of the federal Affordable Care Act - even though it includes several provisions that help coal miners receive benefits for black lung disease.

Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell's Democratic challenger, criticized McConnell for opposing those benefits during a campaign swing through the eastern Kentucky coalfields on Thursday. Grimes has said she would work to fix some problems with the health care bill but would not repeal it.

Black lung is the common name for a disease caused by inhaling coal dust. State officials say more Kentucky miners are filing claims because more of them are out of work. Eastern Kentucky has lost 7,000 direct coal mining jobs since 2012.

Grimes made the remarks on Thursday morning, during a campaign stop at the site of the 1970 Hurricane Creek mining disaster in eastern Kentucky.
Grimes' campaign told The Associated Press she will vow to support two pieces of coal mining legislation, both written by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller. The first bill would increase criminal penalties for mine safety violations and do more to protect people who report those violations. The second would make it easier for miners to apply for and receive benefits related to black lung disease.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell has criticized Grimes for accepting donations from anti-coal groups and not mentioning coal when she appeared at a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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