McConnell Wants ‘Permanent Fix’ to Miner Health Care Program
Standoff over coal miner benefits complicated year-end spending talks

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had supported a year-long extension of the retired coal miner benefits but faced opposition from House Republicans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he will seek a “permanent fix” to fortify a depleted health care program for retired coal miners that complicated negotiations earlier this month to keep the government funded.

“We’re going to try to go for a permanent fix because these folks deserve to be protected,” McConnell said in an interview on Kentucky public television Monday night.

Gina Raimondo's Pension Reform Draws Cheers and Jeers
Rhode Island governor shies away from quick fixes

Gov. Gina Raimondo previously served a term as treasurer of Rhode Island where she spearheaded efforts to reform the state's pension system. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune/Time Inc)

It’s true that Gina Raimondo is the first female governor of the state of Rhode Island, but that’s not what she’s most known for.  

What landed Raimondo on Fortune’s list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders  — which also includes Pope Francis and Amazon's Jeff Bezos — is the same as what left many retirees in her state fearful for their futures: an overhaul of the state’s pension system.