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U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) received the Washington Coal Club’s annual “Achievement Award” during the organization’s yearly banquet, held on November 30, 2011. The Washington Coal Club is a non-profit organization consisting of 300 members with diverse coal-related interests and backgrounds ranging from producers, transporters, legislators, and policymakers. Each year, the Washington Coal Club honors an individual who has recently made a meaningful contribution to the coal community and proven his or her dedication to the utilization of coal.

“If we are serious about rebuilding our economy, creating good-paying jobs, and ending our dependence on foreign oil, coal must remain a vital part of our country's energy mix,” said Rogers. “So many hardworking Kentuckians rely on coal mining and hauling jobs. I’m proud to stand by my colleagues and reaffirm my commitment to ensuring that coal remains a part of this great Nation’s economic recovery and growth. While coal jobs and coal’s future are under threat by this Administration, I’m pleased to see organizations like the Coal Club stand tall and promote the opportunity that coal represents.”

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit


 Photo #1 Cutline: Congressman Rogers receives his award from Vice President of the Washington Coal Club, Pat Cavanagh