Thursday, October 14, 2021

The LuLac Edition #4,598, October 14th, 2021

 STEVE SCALISE.  CONGRESSIONAL COWARDLY COCKROACH 


On Sunday, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked Steve Scalise, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a simple question: “Do you think the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump?”

It shouldn’t have taken Scalise more than a fraction of a second to respond.

To the reasonable person, the correct answer has two letters. To those who are either unmoored from reality or are unabashed liars, the answer has three. It shouldn’t have taken Scalise more than a fraction of a second to respond. But in his vain attempt to find a piece of solid ground between a yes and a no, he responded and responded and responded for more than two minutes, slipping out of every attempt Wallace made to force him into a definitive answer.

Scalise went on and on about how the election was problematic because some states operated under rules that were put in place by the courts and not those states’ legislatures. He didn’t mention that Covid-19 emergency election rules were in place in his own state and that they were imposed by a federal judge who ruled that the Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature’s ref Legislature’s refusal to accommodate voters at risk of serious illness or death from Covid “is likely unconstitutional because it imposes an undue burden on Plaintiffs’ right to vote.”

Scalise is a snake and coward who can’t answer a straight question. He was shot on a softball field a few years ago and garnered some sympathy. But he is still a cowardly hard ass that is unpatriotic in his approach to government. Steve Scalise is almost as bad as the collaborators who fought against the Allies in WWII.

But he is like a political cockroach whose main goal is survival of his political ass at the expense of this democracy. (aol news, LuLac)

 

GEORGIA JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT ALLEGING VOTER FRAUD IN 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

The Washington Post reports that a Georgia judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against members of Fulton County’s election board, ruling that the plaintiffs, who alleged that there were fraudulent mail-in ballots in the 2020 presidential election, lacked standing to sue.

The decision by Superior Court Judge Brian Amero effectively blocks a small group’s efforts to inspect all 147,000 absentee ballots cast in the state’s largest county last November. It also comes one day after investigators testified that they were unable to find any evidence of fraudulent ballots.

News of the decision was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In his dismissal, Amero wrote that the plaintiffs “allege their votes have been diluted due to the ‘substantial likelihood’ that fraudulent ballots were introduced during ballot processing for the General Election.”

“They also allege that the issue will persist in future elections if not corrected,” he wrote. “However, regardless of the veracity of these allegations, the Court finds Petitioners have still failed to allege a particularized injury.”

Robb Pitts, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, welcomed the decision, describing it as “a win for democracy.”

“This lawsuit was the result of the ‘big lie,’ which is nothing more than a meritless conspiracy theory being spread by people who simply cannot accept that their side lost,” Pitts said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (Washington Post)

 

 

REP. CARTWRIGHT ANNOUNCES $421,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FROM NEW COVID-19 TELEHEALTH PROGRAM AWARDS TO WAYNE MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTERS


Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers will receive $421,833 through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help offer telehealth and connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers in Honesdale will use funding to purchase cameras and headphones to better communicate with patients, and ultrasound machines to provide patients obstetrical tests, all while supporting virtual communication for telehealth visits.

“The demand for telehealth services has skyrocketed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cartwright said. “Healthcare providers’ ability to administer telehealth services helps lower the barriers to accessing affordable healthcare for vulnerable seniors, patients living in rural and underserved communities, and working families across Northeastern Pennsylvania. I commend Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, and I am glad to see this funding benefit patients and providers in our district.”

The FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program supports the efforts of health care providers to continue serving their patients by providing reimbursement for telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices necessary to enable telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wayne Memorial’s award comes from Round 2 of the program, funded at $249.95 million from the December 2020 government funding and coronavirus relief bill. It builds on the $200 million program established as part of the CARES Act.

 

AMERICAN ENERGY WORKER OPPORTUNITY ACT WOULD PROVIDE TRAINING AND RESOURCES FOR WORKERS AFFECTED BY CHANGES IN ENERGY INDUSTRY, PRIORITIZE THEM FOR NEW ENERGY PROJECTS

Senator Robert Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)

U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the American Energy Worker Opportunity Act, which would provide critical resources and training opportunities to assist and empower workers whose jobs are affected by the energy industry’s move toward renewable sources.

“Workers in our coal mines, power plants, steel mills and other emission intensive manufacturing sites provided the electricity and materials that have powered the American economy since the Industrial Revolution. We have a responsibility to ensure that these workers and their families are not left behind,” said Senator Casey. “We also have a responsibility to confront the climate crisis, as impacts of Hurricane Ida and other natural disasters in Pennsylvania reminded us. This legislation would provide a worker-centered solution to mitigating the climate crisis while supporting the workers who have kept the lights on in this Nation for years.”

“The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) has been clear that as we continue to move through an energy transition in the United States we need to stop leaving workers, families and communities behind. For us, the principles of a true transition are to; first, preserve as many UMWA jobs as possible; second, create new well-paying union jobs in the coal-producing areas of the country; and third, create a bridge for those workers who are forced to make a transition so that they do not fall into poverty,” said United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil E. Roberts. “This legislation fulfills that last principle, and I thank Senators Brown, Casey, Whitehouse, Baldwin, Bennet, Duckworth, Smith and Warren for introducing it and standing up for UMWA members, their families and their communities. As Congress considers how to approach energy transition, this must be part of the solution.”

“Our union remains deeply committed to preserving our members’ jobs throughout the energy economy. However, workers also need meaningful economic support when this is no longer possible, so that they can secure their next high-quality job or retire with dignity,” said United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway. “The American Energy Worker Opportunity Act will aid dislocated coal and oil workers and their families, providing them with educational opportunities, wage supplements, health care benefits and retirement contributions. We applaud Sens. Baldwin, Casey, Whitehouse, Bennet, Duckworth, Smith, and Warren for announcing this crucial legislation.”

“Our economy is changing, and as we make the investments needed to fight climate change, America's working people must be at the top of the priority list. Maintaining well-paid union jobs at the same location is always the first and best choice, and we realize in some cases this will be difficult or take time,” said Fredrick D. Redmond, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO. “The American Energy Worker Opportunity Act gives workers and their families the support they need during those difficult times, and we urge Congress to pass and fully fund this legislation.”

The bill would create a worker transition program with wage supplements, health care benefits, education and training funds, and an additional education benefit for children of laid-off workers. It would include:

Eligible workers: workers whose employment is terminated from a coal mine, coal-fired power plant, coal transport or oil refinery, provided that the worker was employed continuously and full time for at least 12 months prior to layoff, with authority for the Secretary to add additional groups of fossil fuel-dependent workforces as employment impacts make it necessary.

Wage supplement: workers will receive wage replacement or supplement in addition to assistance to maintain health benefits and contribute to retirement.

Worker education and training: workers will be eligible for grants for allowable education and training up to and including a four-year degree

Education for the children of dislocated workers: direct educational grants for the children of dislocated workers deemed eligible by the program for allowable education and training up to and including a four-year degree.

The proposal would also prioritize employers who plan to hire eligible workers for the clean energy grants created under the Build Back Better plan. It is endorsed by the United Mine Workers of America International, United Steelworkers (USW) International, the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, BlueGreen Alliance, National Wildlife Federation, LCV, NRDC and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

 

GOVERNOR WOLF CELEBRATES INVESTMENTS IN EARLY LEARNING AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES TO STABILIZE CHILD CARE INDUSTRY


Governor Tom Wolf (Photo: LuLac archives)

Governor Tom Wolf today visited Gilson Child Development Center in Erie to celebrate the $30 million increase in state funding to expand early childhood learning to more than 3,200 additional young children and the $655 million available in federal funding to stabilize childcare providers during the pandemic.

“Studies show that children who learn in high-quality pre-k programs perform better in school and are more likely to graduate,” said. Gov. Wolf. “We know that early childhood learning programs are good for children, especially those affected by socioeconomic risk factors, but they’re also good for families and our economy, too. Parents and caregivers rely on affordable, accessible childcare to go to work every day. When we ensure high-quality learning programs are available for children, we are making an economic investment in our communities.”

Since taking office, Gov. Wolf has increased funding for Pre-K Counts by 149% and for the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (Head Start) by 77%. Both state programs ensure access to high-quality early learning programs for low-income families with children.

The $25 million increase this year allows Pre-K counts to serve an additional 2,900 children, while the additional $5 million for Head Start will serve 300 more children and their families. 

In addition to these historic investments in early childhood learning programs, the Department of Human Services (DHS) recently announced their plan to distribute $655 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to stabilize Pennsylvania’s child care industry. Licensed child care providers are invited to submit applications for one-time grant funding that can be used to cover expenses and provide stabilization to this critical industry.

The governor was joined by Rina Irwin, CEO of Child Development Centers, Inc. (CDC) to discuss how more than 40 local families have benefitted from Gov. Wolf’s historic early learning investments, as well as how CDC centers were recently awarded approximately $1.5 million in ARPA funding to continue their services throughout the pandemic.

“As Child Development Centers, Inc. remains committed to removing barriers between families and impactful care and education for their children, challenges associated with the threat of COVID-19 initially posed a financial hurdle in the advancement of our mission,” said Irwin. “The early learning funding has enabled CDC to seamlessly persevere throughout the ongoing pandemic, immensely impacting our ability to serve families that rely on our programs. This support has allowed us to keep our doors open to families during times of uncertainty, ensure and improve the health and safety of our centers for children and staff, and maintain the employment of our tenacious employees.”


SENATOR MARTY FLYNN ON BUILD BACK BETTER

Senator Marty Flynn (Photo: LuLac archives)

Last week, I joined Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti and Congressman Cartwright at City Hall in Scranton to urge Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act. We need to pass this bill now, more than ever, because of the economic impact of COVID-19. Even before the pandemic, though, our nation’s middle class was in a state of crisis. It was becoming increasingly difficult for people to chase and achieve the American dream - where if you worked hard enough, you could afford to buy a home and raise a family and truly build a better life for yourself. We risk losing that sense of hope and opportunity if this legislation doesn’t pass. That’s what’s at stake here – the idea that every American, if they work hard enough, can accomplish anything they put their mind to.

I still believe this is the land of opportunity. What President Biden’s Build Back Better Act will do is increase the number of those opportunities for Americans striving towards improving their lives and the lives of their families. Students will be given the financial assistance they need to attend college, so that they can learn a trade and enter the workforce without a crippling amount of student loan debt. Parents will be given access to more accessible and affordable child care, so they can manage to go to work or school while raising a family. The highest percentage of young adults still live with their parents since the Great Depression. With the Build Back Better plan, housing will be made more affordable, so that people entering adulthood can branch out on their own like generations past. What we’re attempting to build back here is our nation’s middle class. We need to build back the American dream. We need to build back the ideals that made this nation such a beacon of prosperity in the past. We need to invest in our nation’s middle class, and that ultimately is what this plan sets out to do. It’s not a handout; it’s an investment. And I believe this nation’s middle class is something worth investing in.

 

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1987


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338,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)……….Dow Jones for 1st time falls more than 100 pts (108.35)….. Jessica McClure rescued 58 hrs after falling 22' into a well shaft…. Defending champion Mike Tyson beats Tyrell Biggs by TKO in round 7 at Convention Centre, Atlantic City to retain the unified heavyweight boxing title… US First Lady Nancy Reagan undergoes a modified radical mastectomy…. Woody Woodward resigns as NY Yankee GM, Lou Piniella is named GM and Billy Martin is named NY Yankee manager for 5th & final time….Black Monday is the name commonly given to the global, sudden, severe, and largely unexpected  stock market crash on October 19, 1987. In Australia and New Zealand, the day is also referred to as Black Tuesday because of the time zone difference from other English-speaking countries. All of the twenty-three major world markets experienced a sharp decline in October 1987. When measured in United States dollars, eight markets declined by 20 to 29%, three by 30 to 39% (Malaysia, Mexico and New Zealand), and three by more than 40% (Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore).The least affected was Austria (a fall of 11.4%) while the most affected was Hong Kong with a drop of 45.8%. Out of twenty-three major industrial countries, nineteen had a decline greater than 20%. Worldwide losses were estimated at US$1.71 trillion. The severity of the crash sparked fears of extended economic instability or even a reprise of the Great Depression. The degree to which the stock market crashes spread to the wider economy (or "real economy") was directly related to the monetary policy each nation pursued in response. The central banks of the United States, West Germany and Japan provided market liquidity to prevent debt defaults among financial institutions, and the impact on the real economy was relatively limited and short-lived. However, refusal to loosen monetary policy by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand had sharply negative and relatively long-term consequences for both financial markets and the real economy in New Zealand…………and this week in 1987 the number one song in LuLac land and America was “In My Dreams” by REO Speedwagon.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The LuLac Edition #4,597, October 13th, 2021

 13 QUESTIONS 


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1. How do you feel about the January 6th subcommittee making threats of jail to people subpoenaed who won't testify? 

I think it's right and just. Throw the snowflakes in jail and for all I care and let them rot. 

2. Any thoughts on the surging Houston Astros? 

None. They're cheaters and really should have an asterisk after their Series win. 

3. What happens to your boy Tom Wolf after he leaves office next year? 

Well to the Trumpanzees he should be sent to jail. But I think he'll recede into the role of elder statesman. I don't see him as having the ambition to pursue an appointed spot in the Biden administration. 

4. Are you worried about the President's dip in the polling? 

He doesn't seem worried about it at the point so why should I.  

5. Halloween candy favorite as a kid? Now as an adult? 

As a kid anything I got. Now, it's Reese's anything or Hershey miniatures. The latter are dark chocolate. 

6. Any new favs on fall TV? 

No, just the same stuff I've been watching. I am getting into those Noir movies though at midnight Saturday night on TCM though. 

7. How do you make of Steve Scalise not being able to

 answer to Chris Wallace's question about the legitimacy of the 2020 election? 

Scalise is a sniveling coward. No balls.  I know he's a friend of Pittston Mayor Mike Lombardo but he has no core beliefs that help people. 

8. Trump's weight loss, how does he look? 

Like the same pile of puke he always did. 

9. Whatever happened to your 590 Forever WARM blog? 

Inactive at this time because I have no time. But  we'll resume and complete it soon. I think I have 90 WARM memories to conclude it. The plan is/was to have 590 Mighty memories. http://david-yonki.blogspot.com/

10. Does LuLac have an Instagram account? 

Yes.  I'm on it but haven't worked much with it. 

11. How's your weight project coming along? 

Going on my third yea and maintaining between 159 and 162. Weigh myself every day. 

12. Will Green Bay be in the Superbowl this year? 

Hard to say. Rodgers seems to be on track but there are many variables in a season. 

13. Tom Brady, putz, right? 


Not at all. You've got to appreciate what you are seeing with him. The guy in my estimation is one of the top 3 QBs of all time. He knows how to win. Winning sometimes doesn't mean just making spectacular plays but getting you team in a position to in.



The LuLac Edition #4,596, October 13th, 2021

 WRITE ON WEDNESDAY 


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A very unique Write On today. We show a film link bout none other than Christopher Columbus and his life. 

Here's the link: Courage and Conviction: The True Story of Christopher Columbus (brightcove.net)


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The LuLac Edition #4,595, October 12th, 2021

 

MAYBE I’M AMAZED 

 


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MAYBE I’M AMAZED……at how Trump is continuing to tell the big lie about electrons, Even more distressing  is how people believe him. I guess you can’t fix stupid but you can’t ignore hate.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that people who don’t like baseball can’t see the random luck combined with skill there is in baseball. An example, a Dodger hitter who was 8 for 72 hit a walk off home run to win a game in the Division series. He was put in as a defensive replacement.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that cows do not have upper front teeth.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that the Republicans who ran up the debt under Diaper Don’s rule now think not too much money to help the middle class.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that Trump lost weight because he no longer has access to a 24 hour kitchen.  Man, what a moocher. When he has to pay for it, he won’t eat.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..the Bible is the most shoplifted book ion the world. And those sinners will be forgiven.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that Pat Toomey has not said much about anything since he decided to forego an election he was destined to lose.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED.that heaver not bigger lemons produce more lemon juice.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED…at the plethora of cartoon and college football channels available on cable. There has to be a connection there somewhere.

Monday, October 11, 2021

The LuLac Edition #4,594, October 11th, 2021

 

 MONDAY MEMES






Thursday, October 07, 2021

The LuLac Edition #4,593, October 7th, 2021

 NAACP DINNER ONE WEEK AWAY


 

BARLETTA AHEAD IN GOP POLLS FOR GOVERNOR 

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 It appears that former Congressman Lou Barletta is ahead in the GOP polls for Governor of Pennsylvania. It is early and the field is filled with unknowns but Barletta has name recognition.  Plus, he has  a record to run on. It will be interesting to see how well he does come 2022.

 

TRUMP SUPPORTERS SUE DOMINION, SAY CEASE AND DESIST LETTERS 'CLEARLY DAMAGED' THEM

BABY SNOWFLAKES WHINE AND CRY

Poll challengers from Michigan have filed a class-action lawsuit against Dominion Voting Systems, claiming that they were "damaged" by cease and desist letters that the company sent them after the 2020 presidential election.

Lawyers including Kurt Olsen, who previously aided in unsuccessful legal efforts to overturn former President Donald Trump's defeat to President Joe Biden, filed the lawsuit last week on behalf of eight Michigan residents that they claim were "clearly damaged" by the letters. Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, who was part of Trump's legal team during his first impeachment trial, is also listed as counsel for the plaintiffs but reportedly describes himself as a consultant on "First Amendment issues" in the case.

A group of 2020 election poll challengers have launched a lawsuit claiming that they were "damaged" by cease-and-desist letters Dominion Voting Systems sent them after they expressed "concerns" about "election" integrity in affidavits. Supporters of former President Donald Trump, including one holding a sign that falsely claims "Trump Won" the election, are pictured protesting a visit by President Joe Biden in Howell, Michigan on October 5, 2021.

The plaintiffs were all sent cease and desist letters by Dominion after alleging in affidavits that they witnessed unspecified "issues" on Election Day. The affidavits did not mention Dominion by name while expressing concerns about supposed "election integrity," according to the suit. Attorneys for the plaintiffs claim that Dominion's role in the election made the company "in effect, the government itself" and that the letters were used as a form of intimidation.

"Through its promiscuous delivery of aggressive threats of litigation and its deliberately broad advertisement of its own threatening activities, Dominion seeks to intimidate anyone who might speak out regarding election integrity and security concerns, whether such speech is related to Dominion or not," the complaint states. "Plaintiffs and the Class have been damaged by Dominion's Lawfare campaign."

The complaint's assertion that the plaintiffs were "damaged" by the letters is likely to face stiff challenges in court. Cease and desist letters are not typically considered to be a form of damaging legal intimidation because they merely warn of potential legal action without initiating any. The assertion that Dominion is effectively an arm of the federal government is also likely to face challenges.

The suit warns that "anyone could be the next victim of a Dominion billion-dollar lawsuit," citing high-profile defamation suits that the company had already filed against former Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, Fox News, Newsmax, MyPillow, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and others.

What a bunch of simpering little babies. They had the nerve to call Liberals snowflakes? If a freaking letter makes them poop their pants, then how in the world can they exist? Governor Ed Rendell had it right when he said groups like these were feckless paper tigers. To me, this is typical of the entitled slobs who claim to be American patriots but are small minded thug wanna bees.(Newsweek, LuLac)

 

REP. CARTWRIGHT ANNOUNCES $2.1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HEALTH CARE INFRASTRUCTURE IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA


Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)

 U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced three Northeastern Pennsylvania Community Health Centers will receive a total of $2.1 million in American Rescue Plan funds to strengthen primary health care infrastructure and advance health equity and health outcomes in medically underserved communities, including through projects that support COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination.

The following health centers will receive a total of $2,164,229 in federal funds:

·       Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers will receive $982,856

 

·       Scranton Primary Health Care Center, Inc. will receive $631,373

 

·       Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania will receive $550,000

“Our Community Health Centers not only continue to fight on the frontlines of COVID-19, they are critical to addressing our communities’ many other health care needs,” Cartwright said. “I commend our local Health Centers for the work they are doing to combat this pandemic. This American Rescue Plan funding will enable them to continue their work to better meet the most pressing public health challenges associated with COVID-19 in our most vulnerable communities.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $1 billion in American Rescue Plan funding to nearly 1,300 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program-funded health centers through the Construction and Capital Improvements Program. Health centers will use this funding for COVID-19-related capital needs, constructing new facilities, renovating and expanding existing facilities to enhance response to pandemics, and purchasing new state-of-the-art equipment, including telehealth technology, mobile medical vans and freezers to store vaccines.

 

GOV. WOLF ANNOUNCES ALMOST $2 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR PRODUCING, PROMOTING PENNSYLVANIA BEERS AND WINES


Governor Tom Wolf (Photo: LuLac archives)

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) approved grants totaling $1,925,319 for 15 projects to increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages and enhance the Pennsylvania beer industry through promotion, marketing, and research-based programs and projects, and to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines.

“Pennsylvania industries have to adopt new ways of doing business in the COVID-19 world, and these grants will provide substantial funding to help two vital parts of our agricultural community not only explore ways of improving production methods, but also boost marketing efforts that reach beyond our borders,” said Gov. Wolf.

Act 39 of 2016 created the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board within the department of Agriculture and authorized the PLCB to approve up to $1 million annually for development and marketing of the Pennsylvania beer industry. The Pennsylvania Fiscal Code also allows for unallocated beer grant funds to be made available in subsequent years. Since the first beer grants were approved in 2017, the PLCB has awarded $3.9 million in grants to support the Pennsylvania beer industry (not including this round).

 

 CASEY, MANCHIN, BROWN, KAINE, WARNER REINTRODUCE BILL TO EXTEND BLACK LUNG DISABILITY TRUST FUND


Senator Bon Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)

U.S. Senators Bob Casey Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) reintroduced the Black Lung Benefits Disability Trust Fund Act of 2021. The legislation calls for a ten-year extension of the current black lung excise tax that is set to expire in December 2021 to ensure that coal miners suffering from Black Lung Disease and their families have access to the quality medical care they desperately need. Without revenue from this tax, the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund will face insolvency at a time when the nationwide prevalence of black lung is increasing.

“Coal miners have kept the lights on in this country for decades. In doing so, many have risked their lives and now have life-threatening health complications. We owe it to coal miners suffering from Black Lung Disease to keep our promise and ensure they’re taken care of. This legislation would ensure the continuity of the trust fund, especially given the resurgence of Black Lung Disease, and would provide the health and disability benefits many coal miners need,” said Senator Casey.  “I will keep fighting to make sure that Congress keeps its promise to take care of our miners.”

“For generations, our brave coal miners have risked their lives and health to power our great nation and as a result many of our miners have Black Lung Disease. After their enormous sacrifices, they have earned the vital treatment and medical care they need. I am proud to introduce the Black Lung Benefits Disability Trust Fund Act of 2021 with my colleagues to extend the black lung excise tax to fund the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund for the next ten years. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help us pass this crucial legislation to support our coal miners who have given so much to our country,” said Senator Manchin.

“Ohio miners have put their health at risk for years to power our country, and, now, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need to take this first step to ensure they have access to desperately needed medical care,” said Senator Brown. “Congress must now do its part and extend the funding for the Black Lung Trust Fund, so we can ensure these miners have access to the care and resources needed to prevent and treat black lung disease.”

“Virginia miners risk their lives to help power and build our nation. They deserve access to quality treatment for Black Lung Disease if needed,” said Senator Kaine. “This bill is part of an effort to guarantee our miners are still able get the care they need by ensuring that the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund stays solvent. As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, I will continue fighting for Virginia miners and their families.”

“Our coal miners have sacrificed so much and risked their lives in order to fuel our nation. They deserve to know that they will receive the treatment and medical care they need. The Black Lung Benefits Disability Trust Fund will ensure that miners suffering from black lung disease who rely on the fund get the care they deserve,” said Senator Warner.

“We thank Senators Manchin, Brown, Kaine, Casey and Warner for continuing their long-term commitment to help miners suffering from Black Lung. The Black Lung Disability Trust Fund is a critical backstop providing benefits to miners, and widows of miners killed by this insidious disease, that can help keep them out of poverty and provide them with the care they need. Much needs to be done to address longer-term systemic issues with the entire Black Lung benefits system, but the first step is making sure there is adequate funding for the Trust Fund to pay benefits going forward. This bill will do that, and I applaud its introduction,” said Cecil Roberts, International President of the United Mine Workers of America.

The Black Lung Disability Trust Fund is financed primarily by an excise tax on coal produced and sold domestically. This tax was first established in 1978 at $0.50 per ton on underground-mined coal and $0.25 per ton on surface-mined coal. The funding was later raised to the current rates of $1.10 per ton for underground-mined coal and $0.55 per ton for surface-mined coal. Due to congressional inaction, on December 31, 2018, the tax rate reverted back to $0.50 per ton on underground-mined coal and $0.25 per ton on surface-mined coal, representing a 55% reduction. At the end of 2019 and 2020, Congress passed, and President Donald Trump signed into law, end-of-year spending packages that included one-year extensions of the 2018 tax rates. The current rates are now set to expire on December 31, 2021.

 

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Jim Riley will be speaking to them but the annual Freedom Fund Banquet set for Friday October 15th at Genetti’s  Hotel in downtown Wiles-Barre. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on The Mothership 1340/1400 am, 100.7 and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on The River 105 and 103.5.

 

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1987


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Garfield Park Nature Center opens, latest in Cleveland Metroparks………Giant's Jeffrey Leonard hits playoff record HR in his 4th cons game….Hartford center Doug Jarvis ends his career having played an NHL record 964 consecutive games as the Whalers lose 6-2 to the New York Rangers…… 200,000 march for gay and lesbian civil rights in Washington, D.C………21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins. Here a song and video featuring Hank and his dad….George Harrison releases "Got My Mind Set On You"; it would become his third solo number 1 hit, and the last by any of the Beatles….

Oscar Arias (Costa Rican Pres) wins Nobel Peace Prize…..the Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers, 9-5 in ALCS Game 5 at Tiger Stadium for 4-1 series win; go on to win club's first Baseball World Series……. 1st military use of trained dolphins (US Navy in Persian Gulf) , Costa Rican President Oscar Arias wins Nobel Peace Prize and the number one song in LuLac land and America was “U Got The Look”  by Prince with Sheena Easton.