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January 19, 2008

House Votes - H.R. 2768: S-MINER Act

H.Res. 918: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2768

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 222-191

On agreeing to the resolution
Agreed to by voice vote.


H.R. 2768: S-MINER Act
To establish improved mandatory standards to protect miners during emergencies, and for other purposes.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 919 by Rep. Miller [D-CA]
An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 110-508 to provide the mining industry with more time to install a new generation of fire-resistant conveyor belts. The amendment would also provide funds for MSHA to purchase a new generation of dust monitoring devices to limit black lung disease, and ensure that breathable air requirements of the MINER Act of 2006 are properly implemented. In addition, the amendment requires that the Secretary of Labor conduct a study on substance abuse by miners with recommendations for policy changes, in consultation with all interested parties. The Secretary shall report the findings within six months of the bill's enactment and, if she deems it feasible and effective, shall be authorized to establish a miner substance abuse testing, rehabilitation, and treatment program within MSHA in consultation with the interested parties.
Agreed to 234-183

H.Amdt. 920 by Rep. Boucher [D-VA]
An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 110-508 to authorize $10,000,000 to award grants to provide rehabilitation service s to current and former miners suffering from mental health impairments, including drug addiction and substance abuse issues, which may have been caused or exacerbated by their work as miners.
Agreed to 364-53

H.Amdt. 921 by Rep. Ellsworth [D-IN]
An amendment numbered 3 printed in House Report 110-508 to offer relief to mine operators that have been assessed penalties and pay them in a timely fashion. It also establishes a trust fund within Treasury, composed of mine safety civil penalties. Funds from the trust fund can be used for mine safety inspections and investigations only.
Agreed to 416-0

H.Amdt. 922 by Rep. Wilson [R-SC]
An amendment in the nature of a substitute numbered 4 printed in House Report 110-508 to promote the continued robust implementa tion of the 2006 MINER Act, increases worker safety by providing miners the opportunity to have a voice in mine safety, expands substance abuse programs to all mines to ensure safe working conditions for all miners, and addresses issues raised by the recent Crandall Canyon disaster.
Failed 188-229

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H73; text: CR H73)
Failed 197-217

On Passage
Passed 214-199


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