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S. 728 (115th): RECLAIM Act of2017

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About the bill

It isn’t just Republicans who support reviving coal mines. Even dozens of Democrats have cosponsored a bill to potentially bring back certain abandoned coal mines.


The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program was created in 1977, using per-ton fees collected from current coal companies to improve environmental and health conditions at coal mines abandoned before 1977.

As of September 2017, the fund’s total balance was $2.4 billion. The top five recipient states in order are Wyoming, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Illinois.

What the bill does

The Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act would “fast track” $1 billion of that fund over the next five years.

The money would go towards ...

Sponsor and status

Mitch McConnell

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Kentucky. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017
Length: 19 pages
Mar 27, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 27, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Mar 27, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 728 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 728. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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