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Miners Protection Act of 2017

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A bill to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to transfer certain funds to the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan and the 1974 United Mine Workers of America Pension Plan, and for other purposes.


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Date
01/17/2017 Introduced in Senate

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Date
01/17/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S343)
Action By: Senate

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Senate Finance01/17/2017 Referred to

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Subjects (15)

  • Asia
  • Bankruptcy
  • Coal
  • Customs enforcement
  • Employee benefits and pensions
  • Free trade and trade barriers
  • Government information and archives
  • Health care costs and insurance
  • Mining
  • Sales and excise taxes
  • South Korea
  • Tax administration and collection, taxpayers
  • Trade agreements and negotiations
  • User charges and fees

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Introduced in Senate (01/17/2017)

Miners Protection Act of 2017

This bill amends the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) to transfer certain funds to the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan and the 1974 United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Pension Plan to provide health and pension benefits to retired coal miners and their families.

The bill expands the group whose retiree health benefits are taken into account in determining the amount that the Department of the Treasury must transfer from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund and the General Fund of the Treasury to the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan.

Treasury must also transfer additional funds to the 1974 UMWA Pension Plan to pay pension benefits required under that plan if the amounts available for transfer under SMCRA's $490 million annual limit exceed the amounts required to be transferred for other purposes (including to the UMWA Health Plans).

The bill also: (1) prohibits the pension plan from making certain changes to benefits during any year in which a transfer is received, and (2) establishes additional reporting requirements for the plan.

The bill repeals requirements for current and former signatories to labor agreements with the UMWA to pay unassigned beneficiaries premiums or backstop premiums if transfers under SMCRA are less than the amount required to be transferred.

As an offset, the bill amends the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 to extend the authority of Treasury to collect certain customs user fees.