Rockefeller mourns victims of deadly mining explosion

An explosion at a West Virginia coal mine on Monday killed 25 and left four missing.

“Sharon and I are heartbroken along with the community by the tragic news unfolding of the explosion at Upper Big Branch South mine — we are sending all of our prayers and thoughts to the brave miners and their families," Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said.

"I know our dedicated first responders and local community members are doing everything they can to rescue as many people as possible and I thank them for their incredible efforts.

“I am working with state and federal officials to get as much information as possible and I am doing all I can to help make sure all resources are made available for this rescue effort.”

President Barack Obama spoke to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) on the phone Monday night to express his condolences and to offer federal assistance.

Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks Monday morning.

Cross-posted to the Briefing Room

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