Senator Mitch McConnell made an appearance on the Senate floor Wednesday to discuss a recent listening session held in Pikevile about the future of coal jobs in the state.
The December 6 informal hearing took place after McConnell says the EPA refused to host a listening session in the state.
During his Senate speech Wednesday, McConnell said, "I traveled to
, to hear first-hand from
coal miners, their families, those in the energy industry, and others about how
their communities are being ravaged by the EPA's excessive, overly burdensome
regulations on coal." Pikeville,
"The EPA did not want to listen to these folks, so I did. I held this listening session to put a human face on the suffering that is being felt in
in large part to this administration's War on Coal. I want to share with my
colleagues just a little of what I heard," said McConnell.
The EPA held listening sessions for its new regulations in
New York, Boston,
"That is why I convened the listening session in Pikeville that resulted in the powerful testimony I've shared with my colleagues today. Since the EPA would not come to
, I've brought
the voices of Kentuckians to the EPA," McConnell said. Kentucky
McConnell says the EPA has the testimony he heard in Pikeville.