December 10, 2016

Hirono stands up for American workers

Votes to prevent cuts to health care for coal miners and widows

Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined with 36 Senators – including Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Harry Reid (D-NV), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) – and voted to stand up for middle class workers after Congressional Republicans moved to deny thousands of mine workers and widows the health care they earned.

After the vote, Senator Hirono released the following statement:

“The working people in our country need to know who’s on their side. Workers in this country are getting screwed every single second, minute, and hour of the day. I’m taking a stand on this bill to stand with them.

“This fight is not just about coal miners. It’s about all working people. Today, it’s the coal miners. Tomorrow, it will be federal workers and other labor unions.

“I opposed this bill to send a message to Congressional Republicans and President-elect Trump. I will resist every attempt they make to weaken unions or to deny working people the benefits they’ve earned.”