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    MSHA chief update: Senate panel set to vote next week by Ken Ward Jr. Coal Tattoo October 1, 2009 The U.S. Senate s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and
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      MSHA chief update: Senate panel set to vote next week

      MSHA chief update: Senate panel set to vote next week

      by Ken Ward Jr.

      Coal Tattoo

      October 1, 2009

      The U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions announced today that it expects to take a vote next week on the nomination of Joe Main to serve as President Obama’s assistant secretary of labor in charge of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

      Interestingly, the HELP Committee meeting is listed as an “Executive Session,” as opposed to a confirmation hearing.  The committee has decided not to hold any sort of confirmation hearing. Main won’t be making a statement, and senators won’t be asking him any questions about how he plans to run the agency in charge of protecting the safety and health of the nation’s coal miners.

      Main is the retired longtime director of the United Mine Workers of America’s health and safety department. More background in this previous post. Thanks to Ellen Smith of Mine Safety and Health News, who pointed the Senate meeting notice out to me.

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