Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Statement on President Obama’s Latest Attack on Coal

Jan 15, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), a senior Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will halt new coal leases on federal lands:

“The War on Coal may be fought in Washington, but its victims are in my district and small towns across America. With each new attack by the Obama Administration, more workers lose good paying jobs, more families are thrown into poverty, and more communities are devastated by bankruptcies and a shrinking local tax base.

“Our nation’s abundant natural resources belong to the people. It’s not only economically foolish to keep those resources locked away, it’s morally wrong to deprive Americans of the benefits they hold.”