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DEC 2018

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62 • ROCKproducts • December 2018 www.rockproducts.com LAW before making committee assignments or appointing com- mittee chairs. Although many believe that Nancy Pelosi will become Speaker, there are more than 50 freshman Democratic members who have voiced their opposition to her leadership. They argue that the House Democrats need fresher, younger and more liberal or progressive leadership. Rep. Pelosi is 78, and her top lieutenants, Minority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) and Assistant Minority Leader James E. Clyburn (S.C.) are 79 and 78, respectively. They want to stay on for at least two years, but many Democrats say they are looking for new lead- ership to counter President Trump's rhetoric and prepare for the 2020 presidential election. For the most part, the existing committee structure will become the basis of the new committee arrangements that the Democrats will put in place in 2019. What follows is a listing of the current and potential future leadership of the House and Senate committees that will exercise jurisdiction over mining-related issues: The House Education and Workforce Committee • Bobby Scott of Virginia-03, Full Committee Chair. • Mark Takano of California-41, Workforce Protections Sub- committee Chair. The House Energy and Commerce Committee • Frank Pallone of New Jersey-07, Full Committee Chair. The House Appropriations Committee • Nita Lowey of New York-17, Full Committee Chair. • Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut-03, Labor and HHS Subcom- mittee Chair. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee • Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Full Committee Chair. • Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Employment & Workplace Safety Subcommittee Chair. The Senate Appropriations Committee • Richard Shelby of Alabama, Full Committee Chair. • Roy Blunt of Missouri, Labor HHS Subcommittee Chair. The good news is that despite all of the commentary to the contrary, a divided Congress is nothing new. We've seen it many times. Willingness and the ability to work across party lines will be required to get anything done in this environment. We are not saying that all is lost from an administrative, regula- tory and legislative perspective. Divided government provides unique opportunities because a large part of the administra- tion's economic development program is based, in part, on the revitalization of the mining industry – especially coal. There will be obstacles, but also chances for the industry to advo- cate their issues, in terms of oversight, before the Republican Senate leadership and within the administrative agencies.

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