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Two veterans-related bills sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, passed the U.S. House on Tuesday and now will go to the Senate for consideration.
Both had bipartisan co-sponsors.
Two bills introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, passed the House and moved onto the Senate on Tuesday.
One bill would secure cost-of-living adjustments for service-related disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation, and a clothing allowance.
But unlike previous attempts, this bill would allow some veterans waiting for years on a decision to begin using the expedited path in the new veterans appeals process.
“Unfortunately, we must limit the number of veterans who can opt in, because VA is concerned that if too many veterans opt in, the new system will be overwhelmed and unable to operate successfully,” Bost said.
WSIL -- Following a federal budget deal on Monday, miners will receive permanent health care benefits.
More than 22,000 retired coal miners were on the verge of losing those benefits because of bankruptcy cases involving coal companies.
Congressman Mike Bost (R) was one of those pushing for this bill.
It seems like Mike Bost has been busy. Members of Congress are away from Washington for a couple weeks so they can spend time with constituents back home.
I saw that he was reading to school children in Carbondale. I also read that he met with veterans and paid his respect World War I veterans at the Mound City National Cemetery.
Bost, who said his mother’s family is populated with many coal miners, said Congress “has got to go with a permanent fix, not just on the health care, but the pensions.” He said stress and worry about whether both will go away for thousands of retired miners has itself led to more health problems.
In an interview after the panel, Bost said of the takeaways from the meeting one stood out: Illinois needs to be able to use the coal it takes out of the ground.
“Right now we ship a lot of our coal overseas where it is burned in power plants that have no regulation whatsoever," Bost said. "If it’s pumping it into the same atmosphere, we aren’t gaining ground."
WSIL-TV -- Thousands of retired coal miners across the nation, including many in southern Illinois, are watching the clock tick down on their retirement benefits.
More than 22,000 retired miners are at risk of losing their health care benefits if Congress does not pass the Miners Protection Act by the end of the month.
U.S. Congressman Mike Bost (R-IL-12) joined representatives from R. J. Corman Railroad Services, LLC, to tour their Caseyville Emergency Services facility, and discuss pressing rail and manufacturing issues with various rail stakeholders.