Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Top Dems call for end to Medicaid work rules | Chamber launching ad blitz against Trump drug plan | Google offers help to dispose of opioids Top Dems call for end to Medicaid work rules after 18,000 lose coverage in Arkansas Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes MORE (D-Ore.) said mining companies will no longer be allowed to dodge royalty payments when they export coal.

“I said from the beginning that taxpayers must receive every penny they are owed when coal companies sell resources extracted from public lands,” Wyden said.

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His comments came after Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the agency was closing tax loopholes that allowed companies to avoid paying full royalties on coal that was mined on federal land and shipped abroad.

Wyden applauded Jewell’s action, saying it was a “common-sense” step.

The Department of Interior will now factor in potential coal mining and exporting when assessing lease prices on Bureau of Land Management lands.