Washington, D-C –
A Senate panel begins work on a bill that renews funding to clean up abandoned mines. Wyoming stands to gain 400 million in backpayments if the bill passes. The support for the legislation ran into problems earlier in the year and Wyoming Congresswoman Barbara Cubin fears that there are some groups who might want the bill to fail, because it could hurt President Bush.
But Senator Craig Thomas doubts that is the case. But he is afraid that Democratic Senator Robert Byrd might create a one year renewal of the program, and only take care of miners health care, which would take away Wyoming's cleanup funding