Pelosi stops short of pledging new mine safety legislation

Obama yesterday said that he has tasked Labor Department officials to work with Congress to “strengthen enforcement of existing laws and close loopholes that permit companies to shirk their responsibilities.”

The explosion at Massey Energy Co.’s Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 workers, making it the nation’s worst mining accident in four decades. Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Overnight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term MORE (D-W.Va.) has said there needs to be legislation, but has not indicated a timeline, and notes the investigation of the accident will be lengthy.

Update: "We need to thoroughly review what happened here and see if this was a failure to follow existing laws and regulations, in which case the focus should be not on creating new law but on stepped-up enforcement," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said Friday afternoon.

This post was updated at 2:31 p.m. on April 16.