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MSHA News Statement: [02/17/2011]
Contact:   Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9423
Release Number 11-70-NAT

Statement of MSHA Assistant Secretary Joseph A. Main on
meeting with Reps. Shelley Moore Capito and John Kline

ARLINGTON, Va. - Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, issued the following statement regarding yesterday's meeting with Reps. Shelley Moore Capito and John Kline.

"Rep. Capito requested a meeting with Rep. Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and me to discuss mine safety issues. We met Wednesday afternoon, and I am grateful for the cooperative spirit that framed this meeting.

"I have always believed that improving safety measures for our nation's miners rises above partisanship. I look forward to an ongoing dialogue with our lawmakers. I welcome their suggestions on both how MSHA can most effectively use its existing tools and resources to protect the health and safety of all miners, and what new tools MSHA needs to ensure that all miners return home safely at the end of their shifts."

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