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Ohio senator: Miners won 'huge victory' in spending bill

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownPlaintiff and defendant from Obergefell v. Hodges unite to oppose Barrett's confirmation Congress must repeal tax breaks for the wealthy passed in CARES Act Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry MORE (D-Ohio) on Monday said the healthcare extension in the new spending bill is a victory for coal miners.

"This was really, really important," Brown said during an interview on CNN's "New Day."

"And it's a huge victory for the mine workers."

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Congressional negotiators have signed off on a deal to fund the government through September, avoiding a shutdown of federal agencies over the president's border wall and other issues, according to two senior congressional aides.

The legislation includes money to permanently extend health benefits for retired miners, a top priority of Senate Democrats facing reelection next year such as Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Brown.

Brown said during the interview Monday the measure had bipartisan support but didn't initially have the support of Republican leadership. 

"Speaker [Paul] Ryan [R-Wis.] stood in the way, we convinced him, and it's part of the deal," he said.

"It means thousands of coal mining families, retirees and widows of coal miners, can rest assured that there won't be these every four months, your healthcare coverage expires."

Brown said this is a group of people that is more likely to have health problems.

"It's been a plan in effect for seven decades, so it's finally done right," he said.