WASHINGTON Dec 9 Democratic U.S. Senator Joe
Manchin of West Virginia on Friday urged senators to oppose a
temporary spending bill because it fails to offer a long-term
solution to secure retired coal miners' benefits.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not
yet announced when a final vote on the government spending
legislation would take place.
The House of Representatives voted for the funding bill on
Thursday and went home. But in the Senate, Manchin and some
other Democrats planned to delay a vote in hopes of adding a
longer-term extension of expiring healthcare benefits for
retired coal miners and their families.
(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)