WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate last night unanimously passed a resolution (S.Res. 337), introduced by Senators Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.), along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), which designates December 6, 2009 as “National Miners Day,” and recognizes the accomplishments and sacrifices of miners all across the nation.
“I thank my colleagues in the Senate for their unanimous support of this resolution which honors our hardworking coal miners,” said Byrd. “We owe a profound thanks to the miners who risk their lives every day to help to ensure that the lights glow brightly in our homes each and every night. Miners today must contend not only with health and safety hazards in the field, but with uncertainty about their future. This resolution says a big thank you for their hard work, their sacrifice, and their commitment to our country.”
“Coal miners are West Virginia’s backbone — good people who work hard and risk their lives every day so that the rest of America can turn the lights on and build a strong economy,” said Senator Rockefeller. “All of the credit goes to our miners — they deserve this resolution’s recognition and expression of gratitude, and so much more. We must continue to fight for the coal miners all across our state — for their safety, their health care, their retirement, and their jobs — for decades to come,” added Senator Rockefeller.