Several county and state officials from eastern Kentucky say they came to Washington D.C. to fight for their coal miners.
Kentucky lawmakers say it was time to take their fight for the coal industry from Frankfort to Washington D.C..
“The fight is really here at this level. It's worth us to spend our own money and time to come up here and make our voices heard,” Senator Robert Stiver said.
“I'm proud to be from a coal producing state and I'm here to tell how important coal is to our future,” Senate President David Williams said.
Officials say new mining regulations have hurt the industry and it is time to meet with the decision-makers face-to-face.
“This was something we have to do. Who else would stand up for us,” Perry County Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble said.
State Representative Fitz Steele says there are many coal miners and businesses that he needs to stand up for in the nation's capital, “It's my job. The people have hired me to represent them and that's why I'm here,” Steel said.
Right after the rally, Steele and several other officials from Appalachian coal mining states went to speak with Washington lawmakers about the industry they say keeps the lights on.
Each lawmaker from Kentucky that our Marcus Conroy spoke with say they hope their message is heard loud and clear by the decision-makers inside the capitol.