Just before heading home to campaign for the upcoming elections, the House passed a bill that would de-regulate the coal industry. But the Senate does not plan to vote on it before the end of the session.
The Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409, was approved in a 233-175 vote, although as usual, the bill many Democrats described as anti-environmental still found some Democratic support — 19 Democrats voted for it. The legislation is a combination of five bills that would overturn or prevent an array of regulations that Republicans say would harm the coal industry and the economy.