U.S. Reps. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, announced Tuesday they will co-chair the Congressional Coal Caucus to promote Southern Illinois coal and jobs.
"Coal helps keep our electric utility costs down, as well as providing jobs to thousands of Illinoisans," Shimkus said in the statement. "We need to work to increase both the employment and use of coal by advancing rules and regulations that don't unnecessarily shut down mines and power plants. One of those ways is through bipartisan coal ash legislation that passed the House last year."
Also in the statement, Enyart said he is "proud to co-chair the Congressional Coal Caucus with Congressman Shimkus because Southern Illinois' dedicated workforce and abundant natural resources like coal are key to rebuilding our economy and strengthening the future for our children and grandchildren. Our coal industry in Southern Illinois can provide new opportunity and good jobs that support middle class families and power our communities."