Senate Democrats have been fighting for years for a long-term fix a struggling union miners pension and benefits fund. More than 16,000 miners are set to lose their benefits by December 31.
Now the fund may get a 4 month extension, far less than hoped.
"We never talked about a short term extension; we’ve always talked about a permanent fix," said West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.
Manchin said he and other advocates of the bill had agreed to table talk of funding pensions in return for saving the miners’ health care benefits.