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Rep. Shelley Moore Capito said Thursday afternoon that coal is under assault, and because of that, West Virginians are under assault.

Capito hosted a brief conference call Thursday afternoon to discuss with media House Resolution 3409, dubbed the "Stop the War on Coal Act."

Capito said she expected the bill to pass Friday morning with bipartisan support.

"The message I get at home is that we want to be treated fairly," Capito said.

She said Congress will wind down Friday morning until November, and she said she is hopeful that after the November elections, Congress could work on reducing the nation's $16 trillion debt.

Capito said House Resolution 3409 includes language she proposed that would require the EPA to consider jobs and the economy before it issues new rules and regulations. It also would disallow the description of coal ash as a toxic substance.

She called Alpha's announcement this week to cut 1,200 coal mining jobs in West Virginia and other states through early 2013 "deeply troubling."

"Those are communities and families," Capito said.

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