Climate hearing gives members first chance to question coal safety laws after deadly blast

Rescue efforts continued on Friday but have been hampered by high methane levels and fire in the mine. Four workers remain missing.

The select committee doesn’t have jurisdiction over mine safety laws. A number of other members and committee have pledged to investigate the mine disaster and have sent staff to the scene to gather information.

The House Education and Labor Committee is expected to hold a hearing on the blast.

Senators are also pledging to investigate the mine disaster. One focus of congressional Democrats is on the growing number of appeals by companies to dispute safety citations from federal regulators, said a spokeswoman for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).